Josh Levin

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Josh Levin
Born 1980 (age 35–36)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Education Brown University
Occupation Executive editor at Slate (magazine)
Notable credit(s) Slate magazine, Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin (born 1980) is an American writer and the executive editor at Slate magazine. He also hosts the magazine's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen.


Early life[edit]

Levin was born and raised in New Orleans. He attended Brown University where he earned degrees in computer science and history.[1]


After graduating from Brown, Levin began his journalism career as an intern at the Washington City Paper in Washington, D.C.. He moved to Slate in 2003 where he is currently is a senior editor. He edits the magazine's sports and technology sections.[2]

In addition to writing and editing, he also hosts Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca.[3]

The "Shaggy defense" coining[edit]

Levin coined the term "Shaggy defense" to describe Contemporary R&B artist R. Kelly's defense to child pornography charges which stemmed from the release of a sex tape which apparently featured Kelly and an under-age female. Levin wrote, "I predict that in the decades to come, law schools will teach this as the 'Shaggy defense.' You allege that I was caught on camera, butt naked, banging on the log cabin floor? It wasn't me."[4] The term is inspired by the lyrics of the song "It Wasn't Me" by reggae artist Shaggy.[4]



  1. ^ "Josh Levin (Tumblr page)". Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Slate (magazine). Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hang Up and Listen podcast". Slate (magazine). Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Levin, Josh (May 21, 2008). "Dispatches From the R. Kelly Trial - Day 1: Unveiling the "Shaggy Defense"". Slate (magazine). Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Awards: Media Reporting/Criticism 2004". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 

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