Sharon Waxman is an author, journalist, and blogger who has been a correspondent for The Washington Post and The New York Times, and founded the Hollywood and media business news site TheWrap in early 2009.
Waxman grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, in 1985 and from St. Antony's College, Oxford University in 1987 with a Masters of Philosophy in Modern Middle East Studies. She was a foreign correspondent for a decade in Europe and the Middle East before moving to Los Angeles to cover Hollywood for The Washington Post and then The New York Times.
Waxman has won many awards for her work, including Distinguished Journalist in New Media from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2013 and the award for best online columnist in the National Entertainment Journalism awards in 2012. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by The Washington Post in 1999 for her work covering the second Palestinian intifada, the year before she won the prestigious feature writing award for Arts & Entertainment writing from the University of Missouri. While at the Post, she returned to the Middle East on several occasions to write a series about Islamic culture, to cover the war in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
She is the author of the books Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System, which features profiles of directors Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, and Spike Jonze and Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World, which explores the global trade in antiquities and the battle by source countries to retrieve antiquities held in Western museums.
According to CBS Market Watch, Waxman raised $500,000 for The Wrap News, as a news portal site covering entertainment and media, which launched on January 26, 2009. A second round of financing was closed in 2010. By 2013 TheWrap.com had grown into a site with 30 employees. It also convenes an annual conference attended by leaders in entertainment, media and technology called TheGrill. TheWrap was nominated as the Best Entertainment website in 2012 and named the best online news site in both 2012 and 2009 at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles Press Club.
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- Sharon Waxman at the Internet Movie Database
- Waxman's blog: WaxWord
- TheWrap.com, Sharon Waxman's entertainment news web site