Ryan Blitstein (born in San Francisco, California) is Executive Director of the Chicago philanthropic organization SCE and a former American journalist. He leads the overall strategy and grantmaking operations of SCE, which bills itself as "a social investment organization that connects talent and innovation with market forces to drive social change."
A graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he has been a staff writer at Red Herring and SF Weekly and a contributing editor at the public policy magazine Miller-McCune. He has lectured at San Jose State University and Stanford University.
His most well-known article was a controversial story about craigslist.org, Craig Newmark, and citizen journalism that was both praised and ridiculed by bloggers, journalists, and media critics. He was also the first print journalist to write about Josh Wolf, the videoblogger jailed by a U.S. district court in 2006 for refusing to turn over a collection of videos he recorded during a protest. Blitstein's work has appeared in the New York Daily News, New York Observer, Denver Post and Seattle Times.
During 2006 and 2007, he was a business reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, which published his three-part investigative series on cybercrime, "Ghosts in the Browser," in November 2007. The project earned him a place as a Livingston Award finalist.
- While an undergraduate, he taught a literature course on Bob Dylan.
- The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time, by The New York Times columnist William Safire, includes excerpts from a letter Blitstein wrote to Safire as a college student.
- Older sibling of Jonathan Blitstein
- "Craig$list.com" by Ryan Blitstein, SF Weekly, November 30, 2005.
- "Should journalist Josh Wolf be afraid?" by Ryan Blitstein, SF Weekly, April 19, 2006
- "Recovery Rick Re-Stands Up" by Ryan Blitstein, New York Observer, May 17, 2004.
- "Ghosts in the Browser" by Ryan Blitstein, San Jose Mercury News, November 13, 2007.
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