Amanda Ripley

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Amanda Ripley
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Alma materCornell University

Amanda Ripley is an American journalist and author. She has covered high-profile topics for Time and other outlets, and she contributes to The Atlantic. Her book The Smartest Kids in the World was a New York Times bestseller.


Amanda Ripley was born in Arizona and grew up in New Jersey. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1996 with a B.A. in government.

After covering Capitol Hill for Congressional Quarterly, Ripley learned to write long-form feature stories under editor David Carr at the Washington City Paper. She then spent a decade working for Time magazine from New York, Washington and Paris.[1] She covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the anthrax investigation and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, helping Time win two National Magazine Awards.[2] Ripley has written three investigative nonfiction books about human behavior, including The Smartest Kids in the World, a New York Times bestseller. In 2018, she became certified in conflict mediation and began training journalists to cover polarizing conflict differently,[3] in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network. Ripley writes op-eds for The Washington Post[4] and feature articles for Politico[5] and The Atlantic, where she is a contributing writer.[6] She also hosts the "How To!" show for Slate.[7]

She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband. Her brother is the screenwriter Ben Ripley.



  • 2009. The Unthinkable: Who Survives when Disaster Strikes - and Why. New York : Arrow Books. ISBN 9780099525721, OCLC 972068736.
  • 2014. The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. ISBN 9781451654431, OCLC 862348013. NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller, September 22, 2013.[8]
  • 2021. High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781982128562, OCLC 10581323837.[9]

Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ Ripley, Amanda. "Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone". Time. Archived from the original on September 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "National Magazine Awards". Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "Complicating the Narratives". Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Ripley, Amanda. "Americans Are at Each Other's Throats. Here's One Way Out". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Ripley, Amanda. "Federal Law Enforcement Has a Woman Problem". Politico. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  6. ^ "Amanda Ripley Author Page" The Atlantic
  7. ^ "How To! Show". Slate. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  8. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books, Bestsellers". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  9. ^ Ripley, Amanda. "High Conflict". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  10. ^ Ripley, Amanda. "Latest Articles". Official Website. Retrieved January 5, 2021.

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