|Born||1980 (age 35–36)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Executive editor at Slate (magazine)|
|Notable credit(s)||Slate magazine, Hang Up and Listen|
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.
The "Shaggy defense" coining
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." The term is inspired by the lyrics of the song "It Wasn't Me" by reggae artist Shaggy.
- Association of Alternative Newsweeklies' Media Reporting/Criticism Award in 2004 - for article titled "Off Target", co-written with Erik Wemple, published in Washington City Paper which helped to break the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal.
- "Josh Levin (Tumblr page)". Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- "Who We Are". Slate (magazine). Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- "Hang Up and Listen podcast". Slate (magazine). Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- Levin, Josh (May 21, 2008). "Dispatches From the R. Kelly Trial - Day 1: Unveiling the "Shaggy Defense"". Slate (magazine). Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- "Awards: Media Reporting/Criticism 2004". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
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