Erik Wemple

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Erik Wemple
Alma materHamilton College
OccupationMedia critic

Erik Wemple is an American journalist who works as a media critic at The Washington Post. He was formerly the editor of the alternative weekly Washington City Paper.

Early life[edit]

Wemple was raised in Niskayuna, New York,[1] and attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, graduating in 1986.[2] In 1986-87 Wemple taught and coached sports at Trinity Pawling School, in Pawling, New York. In the fall of 1987, he moved to Washington, D.C., to pursue graduate studies at Georgetown University.[citation needed]


Wemple began contributing articles to the Washington City Paper in the late 1990s. From January 1999 to November 2000, Wemple wrote the paper's political column, "Loose Lips", before becoming editor.[3] Previously, he was Washington correspondent for and CableWorld magazine.[3]

In 2004, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awarded Wemple and Josh Levin an Alternative Newsweekly Award for their article "Off Target", published in Washington City Paper.[4]

In June 2006, Wemple accepted the editor-in-chief position at The Village Voice. A month later, he announced he would not assume the position, stating that "the paper's ownership and I have failed to come to terms in our many discussions about moving forward, particularly with respect to newsroom management."[3][5]

In February 2010, Wemple informed the staff of the Washington City Paper that he was leaving to be the new editor of[6]

In 2013, J. K. Trotter of Gawker Media declared Wemple a "hero", and that "like a deeply embedded anthropologist, Wemple scours Washington media (and, not infrequently, their New York counterparts) for hypocrisy, excess, and corruption. He's the anti-Mike Allen, frequently piercing the Politico's madman's self-inflating bubble of hype at the moment it threatens to blot out the sun."[7]

Personal life[edit]

Wemple is married to Stephanie Mencimer, who, as of 2018, worked as a staff reporter in the Washington office of Mother Jones.[8]


  1. ^ McGuire, Mark (2014-09-21). "Niskayuna native Wemple now a D.C. fixture". Daily Gazette. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  2. ^ Denoon, Maggie (2020-02-17). "TEDxHamiltonCollege Tackles Political Divide". Hamilton College. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  3. ^ a b c "Erik Wemple". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Brief biography in the People Directory of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) (incl. hyperlinked archive to "In the News" articles by and about Wemple and his AAN award and honorable mention.)
  4. ^ "Alternative Newsweekly Award Winners Announced". Association of Alternative Newsmedia. 2004-06-27. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  5. ^ Motoko Rich, "Before He Moves In, The Village Voice's Editor Moves On", The New York Times, June 16, 2006, accessed April 11, 2008.
  6. ^ "Washington City Paper Editor Erik Wemple is Leaving the Paper". Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  7. ^ J.K. Trotter. "Gawker Heroes: Erik Wemple". J.K. Trotter. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Brett Kavanaugh's high school friend isn't helping the nominee's case". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-09-18.

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