Jake Silverstein

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Jake Silverstein
Born1975 (age 44–45)
NationalityUnited States
EducationWesleyan University
Hollins University
University of Texas at Austin
OccupationMagazine editor
EmployerThe New York Times Magazine
Spouse(s)Mary LaMotte

Jake Silverstein (born 1975 in California) is an American writer and magazine editor. He is the editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine and the author of Nothing Happened and Then It Did, a novelized memoir.

Early life[edit]

Silverstein was raised in Oakland, California, the elder of two children.[1] His mother was a psychoanalyst and his father an architect.[1] He attended Wesleyan University[2] where he majored in English, and later earned an M.A. in English from Hollins University[1] and then an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin's Michener Center for Writers[3] in 2006.[4] He was a Fulbright scholar in Zacatecas, Mexico, in 2002.[4]


After graduating from college, Silverstein interned at Harper's in 1998, then continued at the magazine for a year as a fact-checker[4] before moved to The Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa, Texas in 1999.[1]

Silverstein was the editor of Texas Monthly from 2008 to 2014, during which time the magazine won four National Magazine Awards in 12 nominations.[1][5] Under his tenure, the magazine had a circulation of approximately 300,000 and rising revenue, in contrast to many similar publications in the same period.[1] He became the editor of The New York Times Magazine in May 2014,[1] since which time the magazine has been a finalist for fourteen National Magazine Awards and has won four. In 2017, the magazine story "The Fighter" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

He is also the author of the hybrid memoir-novel Nothing Happened and Then It Did, which he wrote during his M.F.A. program[4] and published in 2010[6] with W.W. Norton & Company.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to archivist Mary LaMotte Silverstein, with whom he has two sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pompeo, Joe (April 28, 2014). "New blood: Can a Texas transplant make the Times Magazine matter again?". Politico.
  2. ^ "Nothing Happened and Then It Did: Jake Silverstein's New New York Times Magazine". Observer. 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  3. ^ Donnelly, Elisabeth (2014-05-01). "Who Is Jake Silverstein, New Editor of 'The New York Times Magazine'?". Flavorwire. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  4. ^ a b c d "Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein brings fresh energy". Houston Chronicle. November 15, 2009. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  5. ^ Texas Monthly’s Jake Silverstein is named New York Times Magazine editor
  6. ^ "NOTHING HAPPENED AND THEN IT DID". Kirkus Reviews. February 15, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (2010-04-18). "'Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction' by Jake Silverstein". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  8. ^ Andrews, Michael (May 3, 2010). "Nothing Happened and Then It Did". Bomb Magazine. Retrieved 2018-07-03.