Emily Nussbaum

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Emily Nussbaum
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Born1966 (age 52–53)
United States
Alma mater
OccupationTelevision critic
Spouse(s)Clive Thompson
Parent(s)Bernard Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum (born 1966) is an American[1][2] critic. She serves as the television critic for The New Yorker.[3] In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Early life[edit]

Nussbaum was born in the United States to mother Toby Nussbaum (née Sheinfeld) and Bernard "Bernie" 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.[3]


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[9] and posting at the website Television Without Pity.[10][11][12] She began writing for Lingua Franca and served as editor-in-chief of Nerve.[13] She also wrote for Slate and The New York Times.[3]

Nussbaum then worked at New York magazine, where she was the creator of the "Approval Matrix" feature and wrote about culture and television.[14] She was at New York for seven years and was the culture editor.[15]

In 2011, she became the television critic at The New Yorker,[16] taking over from Nancy Franklin.[17] She won a National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary in 2014 and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2016.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Nussbaum is married to journalist Clive Thompson.[19] They have two children.[20]



Essays and reporting[edit]

Blog posts and online columns[edit]


  1. ^ "Three Pulitzers for New Yorker Writers". The New Yorker. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (18 April 2016). "Why everyone is freaking out over Emily Nussbaum's Pulitzer Prize for criticism". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Anaheed (9 April 2014). "Why Can't I Be You: Emily Nussbaum". Rookie. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths Nussbaum, Toby A." The New York Times. 4 January 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Toby Nussbaum, 66, Philanthropist and Activist". The New York Sun. 5 January 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  6. ^ "I wasn't a journalism major, but..." Oberlin Alumni Magazine. Fall 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  7. ^ Milstein, Larry (10 October 2013). "Nussbaum talks technology, journalism". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Creating Television Today: Industry Perspectives". Yale Conference On Television. February 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  9. ^ French, Lisa (18 August 2014). "Speaking with: The New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum". The Conversation. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  10. ^ "The Emily Nussbaum Interview". Zulkey. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  11. ^ Patel, Nilay (16 November 2012). "New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum: 'Social watching just sounds like wishful thinking'". The Verge. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  12. ^ Nussbaum tweet, 2 June 2016
  13. ^ Doig, Will (7 September 2007). "Emily Nussbaum". Nerve. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  14. ^ Allsop, Jon (November 16, 2017). "What's 'worth seeing' on TV? Emily Nussbaum knows". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  15. ^ Tanzer, Myles (13 August 2014). "How New York Magazine's Approval Matrix Went From The Back Page To TV". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  16. ^ Silvarole, Georgie (11 November 2015). "TV critic Emily Nussbaum fields questions on everything from "Buffy" to "Broad City"". Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsSyracuse University. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  17. ^ Koblin, John (13 October 2011). "Emily Nussbaum Headed to The New Yorker". Women's Wear Daily (WWD). Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  18. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (April 18, 2016). "Opinion | Why everyone is freaking out over Emily Nussbaum's Pulitzer Prize for criticism". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  19. ^ Zuckerman, Esther (5 October 2012). "Emily Nussbaum: What I Read". The Wire. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  20. ^ Simons, Seth (20 January 2016). "New Yorker Critic Emily Nussbaum on Recurring Dreams and Her Trick For Beating Insomnia". Van Winkle's. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  21. ^ Holt, Sid; McCarthy, Margaret; Lowe, Jonathan (1 May 2014). "National Magazine Awards 2014 Winners Announced". MPA – the Association of Magazine Media. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  22. ^ "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 19 April 2016.
  23. ^ Online version is titled "The slapstick anarchists of 'Broad City'".
  24. ^ Online version is titled "'Call the Midwife,' a primal procedural".
  25. ^ Online version is titled "Empathy and 'Orange is the New Black'".
  26. ^ Online version is titled "The bleakness and joy of 'Bojack Horeseman'".
  27. ^ Online version is titled "Fox News, a melodrama".
  28. ^ Online version is titled "A millennial private eye on 'Search Party'".
  29. ^ Online version is titled "The disciplined power of 'American Crime'".
  30. ^ Online version is titled "The glitzy verve of 'GLOW' and 'Claws'".

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