Annalee Newitz

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Annalee Newitz
Annalee Newitz.jpg
Annalee Newitz at Etech 2005
Born 1969 (age 45–46)
United States
Education University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Journalist

Annalee Newitz (born 1969) is an American journalist who has covered cultural news, events, and touchstones relating to science and technology, and is additionally a writer, broadly, of fiction and other genres. She received a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1997 published White Trash: Race and Class in America (Routledge, 1997), a widely cited book.[not verified in body] From 2004–2005 she was a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[not verified in body] She has written for many periodicals, including Popular Science and Wired, and from 1999 to 2008 wrote a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation. She founded other magazine in 2002 with C.J. Anders, which was published triannually until 2007. Since 2008, she has been editor-in-chief of Gawker-owned media ventures relating to science and science fiction, technology, design, and futurism, first of io9, named a top science blog in 2010 by TimesOnline, and subsequently of its direct descendent Gizmodo. In addition to White Trash and her dissertation publication Pretend We're Dead (Duke, 2006), her work includes a co-editorial effort with C.J. Anders, She's Such a Geek (Seal Press, 2006), Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday, 2013), as well as short stories and other work.

Early life[edit]

Newitz was born in 1969, and grew up in Irvine, California.[1][third-party source needed] She graduated from Irvine High School, and in 1987 moved to Berkeley, California.[2][third-party source needed] In 1996, Newitz started doing freelance writing. In 1998, she completed a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley, with a dissertation on images of monsters, psychopaths, and capitalism in twentieth century American popular culture,[3] the content of which later appeared in book form from Duke University Press.[4][5]


Newitz worked briefly as an adjunct professor,[where?] then became a full-time writer and journalist in 1999 with an invitation to write a weekly column for the Metro Silicon Valley weekly, a column which then ran in various venues for nine years.[clarification needed][6][third-party source needed] Newitz then served as the culture editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian.[when?]

Newitz was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 2002-2003, supporting her as a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[7] From 2004–2005 she was a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and from 2007–2009 she was on the board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, a Hugo award-winning author and commentator, co-founded other magazine,[8][9] a tri-annual periodical which ran from 2002 to 2007, and which was described as politics and pop culture for news outcasts.[citation needed]

In 2008, Gawker media asked Newitz to start a blog about science and science fiction, dubbed io9, for which she served as editor-in-chief from its founding until 2015 when it merged with Gizmodo, another Gawker media design and technology blog property; Newitz then took on the same leadership of the new venture.[10] In 2010, io9 was named one of the top 30 science blogs by Richard Mankiewicz at the TimesOnline.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Newitz is the daughter of two English teachers, her mother, Cynthia, at a high school, and her father, Marty, at a community college.[1] She once called herself "biethnic", as her father was born Jewish and her mother is a white Southerner and former Methodist who converted to Reform Judaism.[1][third-party source needed][12]

Newitz has been partners with author Charlie Jane Anders since 2000.[citation needed]

Venues founded or created[edit]

The following are content venues that were founded or co-founded (created or co-created) by Newitz:

  • Co-founder, Bad Subjects, 1992
  • Co-founder, other (magazine), 2002
  • Creator, founding editor,, 2008

Bad Subjects, originally published via gopher, has been touted as the first leftist publication on the Internet.[by whom?]

Published works[edit]

Newitz's work has been published in Popular Science, Wired,, New Scientist, Metro Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and at AlterNet. In addition to these print and online periodicals, she has published the following short stories and books:

Short stories[edit]


  • White Trash: Race and Class in America (Routledge Press, 1997)
  • The Bad Subjects Anthology (New York University Press, 1998)
  • Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (Duke University Press, 2006)
  • She's Such a Geek co-edited, with Charlie Anders (Seal Press, 2006)
  • Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday, 2013)

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Annalee Newitz, 1997, "Sexual Mutants of the Multiculture:I have come to be an ethnic hybrid: half-WASP, half-Jew, the product of two supposedly segregated identities," at BadPost (online), Issue #33, September 1997, see [1], accessed 19 February 2015.[third-party source needed]
  2. ^ Annalee Newitz, 2006, "About Annalee," at TECHSPLOITATION,COM (online), see [2], accessed 19 February 2015.[third-party source needed]
  3. ^ ProQuest, 2015, "Citation/Abstract: When we pretend that we're dead: Monsters, psychopaths and the economy in American popular culture [Newitz, Annalee… University of California, Berkeley], see [3], accessed 19 February 2015.
  4. ^ eDuke, 2015, "Books, Cholarly Collection: Pretend We’re Dead, Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture, By Annalee Newitz, at Duke University Press (online), see [4], accessed 19 February 2015.
  5. ^ For a review of the book: ILoz Zoc, 2006, "Book Review/Interview: Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture by Annalee Newitz," at blogcritics (online), September 12, 2006, see [5], accessed 19 February 2015.
  6. ^ Annalee Newitz, 2008, "News & Politics:My Last Column, After 9 long years, it's time to move on…," at ALTERNET (online), July 2, 2008, see [6], accessed 19 February 2015.[third-party source needed]
  7. ^ Knight Science Journalism, 2015, "Alumni Fellows, Class of 2003: Annalee Newitz, culture editor, San Francisco Bay Guardian," see [7], accessed 19 February 2015.
  8. ^ Rona Marech, 2004, "A pop culture magazine for freaks and 'new outcasts,' Other journal is pro-rant, pro-loopy and pro-anarchy," at SFGATE (online), August 31, 2004, see [8], accessed 19 February 2015.
  9. ^ Camille Dodero, 2003, "The New Outcasts," in the Boston Phoenix, November 14–20, 2003 [defunct weekly as of 2013, see [9], accessed 19 February 2015].
  10. ^ Mathew Ingramm 2015, "Gawker Media merging Gizmodo and io9 teams into a tech super-hub." GIGAOM (online), January 15, 2015, see [], accessed 19 February 2015].
  11. ^ Richard Mankiewicz, 2010, "Science 2.0: Eureka’s Top 30 Science Blogs," at TimesOnline, February 21, 2010, see [10], accessed 19 February 2015.
  12. ^ Margaret Talbot (November 30, 1997). "Getting Credit for Being White." New York Times Magazine Retrieved 19 February 2015.

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