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|Born||Helen Vivian Scovell
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Occupation||Journalist, writer, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Thomas Jonah Tisch (divorced)
Early life and education
Nell Scovell, the middle of five children, grew up outside of Newton, Massachusetts. Her father, Melvin E. Scovell, is chairman of the board of Scovell & Schwager, a health-care management company in Boston. In high school at Newton South High School, she was the manager of the boys' track team. Scovell attended Harvard University, where she spent her time reporting and editing sports stories for The Harvard Crimson. In her senior year at Harvard, she wrote for the sports desk of the Boston Globe. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1982.
After graduation, she moved to New York and was the first staff writer hired by Spy magazine in 1986. Tina Brown recruited her to work at Vanity Fair, contributing quirky visual features about money and culture.
As a television writer, Scovell wrote the season two episode of The Simpsons, "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish". Other TV writing credits include The Wilton North Report, Coach, Monk, Murphy Brown, Charmed, Newhart, The Critic, NCIS, and many others. She also wrote the season two episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, "Urges".
Outside of television, Scovell was the first staff writer hired at Spy magazine and is a former contributing editor at Vanity Fair. She has also written for Vogue, Rolling Stone, Self, Tatler, and The New York Times Magazine. She currently blogs for Vanity Fair's web site.
- "Nell Scovell, Writer, Marries Thomas Jonah Tisch". The New York Times. June 17, 1985. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
- Bennett, Laura (December 4, 2013). "From Vanity Fair to Letterman to Lean In: The Long, Strange Journey of Nell Scovell". New York Magazine. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
- Le, D. Dona (November 2013). "Nell Scovell '82". Harvardwood.
- "Interview, Penn and Teller Part 2".
- "Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' offers a feminist view from the top".
- Nell Scovell at the Internet Movie Database
- Nell Scovell on Twitter
- Inside the Greatest Writers Room You've Never Heard Of
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