Emily Nussbaum

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Emily Nussbaum
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Born (1966-02-20) February 20, 1966 (age 54)
United States
Alma mater
OccupationTelevision critic
Spouse(s)Clive Thompson
RelativesBernard Nussbaum (father)

Emily Nussbaum (born February 20, 1966)[citation needed] is an American television critic.[1][2] She served as the television critic for The New Yorker from 2011 until 2019.[3] In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Early life[edit]

Nussbaum was born in the United States to mother Toby Nussbaum and Bernard Nussbaum, who served as White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton.[4][5]

Nussbaum was raised in Scarsdale, New York, and graduated from Oberlin College in 1988.[6][7] She went on to get a master's degree in poetry from New York University[8] and started a doctoral program in literature, but decided not to pursue teaching.[9]


After living in Providence, Rhode Island, and Atlanta, Georgia, Nussbaum started her early career writing reviews of TV shows following her infatuation with the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer[10] and posting at the website Television Without Pity.[11][12][13] She began writing for Lingua Franca and served as editor-in-chief of Nerve.[14] She also wrote for Slate and The New York Times.[9]

Nussbaum then worked at New York magazine, where she was the creator of the "Approval Matrix" feature and wrote about culture and television.[15] She was at New York for seven years and was the culture editor.[16]

In 2011, she became the television critic at The New Yorker,[17] taking over from Nancy Franklin.[18] She won a National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary in 2014 and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2016.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Nussbaum is married to journalist Clive Thompson.[20] They have two children.[21]




  • I like to watch : arguing my way through the TV revolution. New York: Random House. 2019.

Essays and reporting[edit]

Blog posts and online columns[edit]


  1. ^ "Three Pulitzers for New Yorker Writers". The New Yorker. April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (April 18, 2016). "Why everyone is freaking out over Emily Nussbaum's Pulitzer Prize for criticism". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "New Yorker Reshuffles: Emily Nussbaum to 'Expand Her Writing,' Doreen St. Félix Named New TV Critic". TheWrap. December 3, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths Nussbaum, Toby A." The New York Times. January 4, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Toby Nussbaum, 66, Philanthropist and Activist". The New York Sun. January 5, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "I wasn't a journalism major, but..." Oberlin Alumni Magazine. Fall 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Milstein, Larry (October 10, 2013). "Nussbaum talks technology, journalism". Yale Daily News. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Creating Television Today: Industry Perspectives". Yale Conference On Television. February 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Anaheed (April 9, 2014). "Why Can't I Be You: Emily Nussbaum". Rookie. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  10. ^ French, Lisa (August 18, 2014). "Speaking with: The New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum". The Conversation. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Emily Nussbaum Interview". Zulkey. July 12, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Patel, Nilay (November 16, 2012). "New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum: 'Social watching just sounds like wishful thinking'". The Verge. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  13. ^ Nussbaum tweet, June 2, 2016
  14. ^ Doig, Will (September 7, 2007). "Emily Nussbaum". Nerve. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  15. ^ Allsop, Jon (November 16, 2017). "What's 'worth seeing' on TV? Emily Nussbaum knows". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  16. ^ Tanzer, Myles (August 13, 2014). "How New York Magazine's Approval Matrix Went From The Back Page To TV". BuzzFeed. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  17. ^ Silvarole, Georgie (November 11, 2015). "TV critic Emily Nussbaum fields questions on everything from "Buffy" to "Broad City"". Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsSyracuse University. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  18. ^ Koblin, John (October 13, 2011). "Emily Nussbaum Headed to The New Yorker". Women's Wear Daily (WWD). Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  19. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (April 18, 2016). "Opinion | Why everyone is freaking out over Emily Nussbaum's Pulitzer Prize for criticism". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  20. ^ Zuckerman, Esther (October 5, 2012). "Emily Nussbaum: What I Read". The Wire. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  21. ^ Simons, Seth (January 20, 2016). "New Yorker Critic Emily Nussbaum on Recurring Dreams and Her Trick For Beating Insomnia". Van Winkle's. Archived from the original on April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  22. ^ Holt, Sid; McCarthy, Margaret; Lowe, Jonathan (May 1, 2014). "National Magazine Awards 2014 Winners Announced". MPA – the Association of Magazine Media. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  23. ^ "The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Criticism. For distinguished criticism, using any available journalistic tool, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker". Pulitzer Prize. 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  24. ^ Title in the online table of contents is "Robert Durst's new trial".
  25. ^ Title in the online table of contents is "David Letterman, revolutionary curmudgeon".
  26. ^ Online version is titled "The slapstick anarchists of 'Broad City'".
  27. ^ Online version is titled "'Call the Midwife,' a primal procedural".
  28. ^ Online version is titled "Empathy and 'Orange is the New Black'".
  29. ^ Online version is titled "The bleakness and joy of 'Bojack Horeseman'".
  30. ^ Online version is titled "Fox News, a melodrama".
  31. ^ Online version is titled "A millennial private eye on 'Search Party'".
  32. ^ Online version is titled "The disciplined power of 'American Crime'".
  33. ^ Online version is titled "The glitzy verve of 'GLOW' and 'Claws'".
  34. ^ Online version is titled "Celebrity delirium on 'The Masked Singer' and 'The Other Two'".
  35. ^ Online version is titled "Middle-school mortification on 'PEN15'".
  36. ^ Online version is titled "TV's reckoning with #MeToo".

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