Ana Marie Cox

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Ana Marie Cox
Ana Marie Cox.jpg
Cox in 2007
Born (1972-09-23) September 23, 1972 (age 43)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nationality American
Education University of Chicago
Occupation Correspondent
Employer The Guardian
Known for The political blog Wonkette
Spouse(s) Chris Lehmann (divorced); John W. Ramonas

Ana Marie Cox (born September 23, 1972) is an American author and blogger. The founding editor of the political blog Wonkette, she is currently the Washington correspondent for GQ and is lead blogger on US politics for The Guardian.[1] Cox has been a contributor for The Daily Beast since 2009.[2] She previously worked at Air America Media.[3]

She was named the regular The New York Times Magazine Talk section interviewer, starting October 4, 2015.[4]

Early life[edit]

Cox was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended high school at Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she wrote for the school's newspaper, The Clarion. She graduated from the University of Chicago with an AB in History in 1994. She began graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was studying American history, but left school and instead became an editorial assistant at the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf.[5]


Cox was an editor of the progressive online magazine Bad Subjects. Later, she was an executive editor of, where she wrote under the pen name Ann O'Tate[6] (wordplay on annotate).

In 2004, Cox became the founding editor of the political blog Wonkette. Under her tenure, Wonkette was a sportive commentary on Capitol Hill Washington politics, as well as more serious matters of politics and policy. Cox and Wonkette gained notoriety in the political world for publicizing the story of Jessica Cutler, also known as "Washingtonienne", a staff assistant to Senator Mike DeWine (R.-Ohio) who accepted money from a George W. Bush administration official and others in exchange for sexual favors. On January 5, 2006, Cox officially announced her retirement as the blog's editor and her imminent transition to "Wonkette Emerita".

Cox's novel Dog Days,[7] a satire of Washington D.C. life for which she was reportedly paid $250,000, was published on January 6, 2006. The book received generally negative reviews. In The New York Times, Christopher Buckley described it as “brisk, smart” and “smutty.”[8] In the Times as well, Janet Maslin wrote that despite Cox’s “satirical expertise,” the novel is replete with “stock characters” and “manages to be doubly conventional: it follows both an old-fashioned love-betrayal-redemption arc and the newer, bitchier nanny-Prada chick-lit motif.”[9] Writing in, Toby Young found the novel to be “shallow.” He continued, “The problem is, once the plot is set in motion, it never really takes flight. Dog Days has the makings of an entertaining comic novel, but Cox hasn’t bothered to master the rudiments of the genre. I kept waiting for the different elements to come to a boil, but if anything, Cox turns down the heat as the story continues.” [10] Kirkus Reviews adjudged that Cox offers "results that make Primary Colors read like Proust" and concluded, "[R]eaders hoping for some real-life dirt (or at least a salacious facsimile) will be dealt nothing more than lightweight fluff and throwaway farce." [11] In the Los Angeles Times, Diana Wagman wrote, "Dog Days is predictable and, worst of all, mean-spirited. ... [It] is chick lit at its most hackneyed."[12] “It’s a novel torn from the day before yesterday’s headlines,” wrote P. J. O’Rourke in The Washington Post. “I won’t spoil the plot. There isn’t one. … Dog Days is devoid of ideas or even references to ideas . . . The people in Dog Days spend so much energy on instant-messaging, text-messaging, message-forwarding and such that it’s no wonder they are too exhausted to have anything to say.”[13] According to Human Events, more than a year after its publication the book had sold “a dismal 5,000 copies." [14]

On July 27, 2006, Cox was named the Washington editor of, where she also wrote The Ana Log.

On April 12, 2007 Cox claimed on Time magazine's website that she agreed to appear on the Don Imus radio show despite the show's history of racially and sexually charged content because she wanted to be considered part of the media elite. Cox wrote: "I'm embarrassed to admit that it took Imus' saying something so devastatingly crass to make me realize that there just was no reason beyond ego to play along. I did the show almost solely to earn my media-elite merit badge."[15] Cox announced on December 5, 2008 that she would no longer be contributing to the Time magazine's Swampland blog.[16]

On January 19, 2009 Cox debuted on Air America Media as their first Washington-based national correspondent.[17] She was a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show, and guest-hosted the show in Maddow's absence on September 4, 2009. In 2009 Cox also became a contributing editor for Playboy.[18]

February 17, 2010 episode of ABC's "Top Line" webcast announced that Cox had become the Washington correspondent for GQ magazine. Since September 26, 2011, she has worked as a blogger for The Guardian.[19]

On September 26, 2012, book publisher Penguin Group sued Cox for the return of a $81,250 advance and $50,000 in interest, payment for a humorous book Cox agreed in 2006 to produce and never provided to the publisher. Penguin cancelled the book in 2007 when Cox did not forward a manuscript.[20]

Cox has been a contributor for The Daily Beast since 2009.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Cox was married to Chris Lehmann, formerly of The Washington Post, New York, and Congressional Quarterly. They divorced sometime in 2011.[21] In 2009 on an Amtrak train from New York to Washington Cox had a severe allergic reaction after eating a lentil salad. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren saw her choking and came to her aid with Benadryl, after which Cox recovered. Cox later personally thanked Van Susteren for saving her life.[22]

On October 11, 2014, Cox announced on Twitter that she is engaged to marry Minneapolis risk manager[23] John Ramonas.[24] Cox married John Ramonas on New Year's Day 2015, in Vermont[25]

On February 28, 2015, Cox announced in an article in the Daily Beast that she has come out as a Christian.[26]


  1. ^ "Ana Marie Cox: my new blog for the Guardian, September 26, 2011". The Guardian (London). September 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b author page at Daily Beast
  3. ^ Shea, Danny (2010-02-11). "Ana Marie Cox Joins GQ". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on February 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  4. ^ Kassel, Matthew (17 September 2015). "Changes at NYT Mag: Ana Marie Cox Takes Over 'Talk' and 'Ethicists' Goes Solo". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  5. ^ Ravo, Nick (1995-09-24). "INVESTING IT; Time on Their Side, Saving on Their Minds". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  6. ^ "contributors". Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (2006). Dog Days. New York City: Riverhead Books. ISBN 978-1-59448-901-3. LCCN 2005054652. OCLC 61758736. 
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  15. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (2007-04-12). "An Imus Guest Says No More". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  16. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (2008-12-05). "So Long, Farewell, However You Spell Auf Wiedersehn". 
  17. ^ "Former 'Wonkette' Cox Joins Air America". 2009-01-13. 
  18. ^ "The Rachel Maddow Show for Thursday, May 21, 2009". 
  19. ^ " Ana Marie Cox". The Guardian (London). March 1, 2012. 
  20. ^ Gregorian, Dareh. Book-publisher Penguin Group files lawsuits against authors who skipped deadlines, New York Post, September 27, 2012.
  21. ^ "Divorce". Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  22. ^ Schwab, Nikki (2009-05-15). "Greta Van Susteren Saves Ana Marie Cox's Life". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
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  25. ^ Mike, Allen. "Playbook". Politico. Politico. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
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