Kathryn Schulz

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Kathryn Schulz
Schulz in 2010
Schulz in 2010
BornShaker Heights, Ohio

Kathryn Schulz is an American journalist and author, and the former book critic for New York magazine. She joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015.[1] Schulz won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her New Yorker article on a potential large earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.[2]


Schulz was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. After graduating from Brown University in 1996, she moved to Portland, Oregon,[3] and lived there for a little less than four years.[4]

Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. She also wrote "The Wrong Stuff",[5] a blog on Slate magazine, and contributes to the Freakonomics blog at The New York Times.

Schulz began her career as a journalist writing for Feed Magazine, an early online magazine published from 1995 to 2001. During the period from 2001 to 2006, she edited Grist an environmental magazine on the web. Before that she worked as a reporter and editor for The Santiago Times in Chile covering environmental, labor, and human rights issues. Schulz was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now the International Reporting Project), and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan and the Middle East.[6]

Schulz became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 2015.


Reviewing her book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (2010), Dwight Garner wrote: "Ms. Schulz's book is a funny and philosophical meditation on why error is mostly a humane, courageous and extremely desirable human trait. She flies high in the intellectual skies, leaving beautiful sunlit contrails."[7] Daniel Gilbert described her as "a warm, witty and welcome presence who confides in her readers rather than lecturing them. It doesn't hurt that she combines lucid prose with perfect comic timing."[8]



  • Schulz, Kathryn (2010). Being wrong: adventures in the margin of error. Ecco/HarperCollins.

Essays and reporting[edit]

Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
18 November 2003 "Kathryn Schulz reviews Monster of God by David Quammen". Grist. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 2015-08-04. Quammen, David (2003). Monster of God: the man-eating predator in the jungles of history and the mind. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 0393051404.


  1. ^ "Contributors: Kathryn Schulz", The New Yorker.
  2. ^ "The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Feature Writing: Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker". Columbia University. 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Center, Julianne (April 26, 2016). "In conversation: Kathryn Schulz '96". The Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  4. ^ MacManus, Roxanne (June 23, 2010). "Kathryn Schulz: A former Portland journalist explains why sometimes it's right to be wrong". Willamette Week. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Wrong Stuff". slate.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  6. ^ "Why Should We Embrace Regret?". TED Radio Hour. NPR. May 2, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Dwight Garner, "To Err Is Human. And How! And Why", The New York Times, June 10, 2010.
  8. ^ Daniel Gilbert, "The Errors of Our Ways", The New York Times, Sunday Book Review, July 23, 2010

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