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Monika Bauerlein is the current CEO of Mother Jones. Bauerlein was promoted to the position in May 2015, following the departure of Madeleine Buckingham; previously she was the magazine's co-editor. Bauerlein first came to Mother Jones in 2000, and has, together with Clara Jeffery (the current editor-in-chief), dramatically expanded its political and investigative reportage, as well as spearheadeding the magazine's new investigative team and Washington bureau.
Together, Bauerlein and Jeffery have overhauled the website of Mother Jones, putting a much greater emphasis on staff-generated, daily news and original reporting. During their tenure, the magazine has won three National Magazine Awards, two for General Excellence. Mother Jones also broke the "47 percent" story about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, credited by some with having a significant effect on the 2012 US presidential election.
Bauerlein was born in Germany, but has lived in several countries, including Italy, where her father, Heinz Bäuerlein, covered everything from cholera epidemics to papal conclaves. She came to America on a Fulbright scholarship and worked as a stringer for a variety of publications including Germany's Die Zeit and The Associated Press. Between 1991 and 2000, she was a writer, managing editor, and interim editor in chief at City Pages, which became the Village Voice sister paper in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1997.
In August 2013, Bauerlein shared the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing with Clara Jeffery for their work at Mother Jones. The judges wrote: "Mother Jones under Jeffery and Bauerlein has been transformed from what was a respected—if-under-the-radar—indie publication to an internationally recognized powerhouse [...] whose writers and reporters often put more well-known and deep-pocketed news divisions to shame."
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