Josh Levin

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Josh Levin
Joshua Benjamin Levin

(1980-03-15) March 15, 1980 (age 39)[1]
EducationBrown University
OccupationExecutive editor of Slate magazine
Notable credit(s)
Slate magazine, Hang Up and Listen

Joshua Benjamin Levin (born March 15, 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.[2]


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 a senior editor. He edits the magazine's sports and technology sections.[3]

In addition to writing and editing, he also hosts Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis.[4]

In 2013, for Slate, he wrote an article on Linda Taylor, a woman the Chicago Tribune and Ronald Reagan once termed a "welfare queen."[5][6] The article, which explored Taylor's history of criminal acts, some allegedly neglected by the authorities and more serious than those for which she was convicted,[5] was praised by media sources,[7][8] with the Washington Monthly called it "the most fascinating true crime read of the year."[6]

Levin's book about Linda Taylor, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth, was published by Little, Brown in May 2019.[9]



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  2. ^ "Josh Levin (Tumblr page)". Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Who We Are". Slate. Archived from the original on 20 June 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Hang Up and Listen podcast". Slate. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  5. ^ a b Levin, Josh. "The Real Story of Linda Taylor, America's Original Welfare Queen". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  6. ^ a b "'s Josh Levin has published the most fascinating true crime read of the year — and it has an important public policy twist". Washington Monthly. 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  7. ^ Jones, Allie. "Everyone Missed the Real Story of Chicago's 'Welfare Queen'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  8. ^ "The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original 'Welfare Queen'". Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  9. ^ McClelland, Edward (May 16, 2019). "The True Story of Chicago's 'Welfare Queen'". Chicago. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "Awards: Media Reporting/Criticism 2004". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved 31 March 2010.

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