Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz at Etech 2005
Born 1969 (age 4647)
United States
Education University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Journalist, editor, author

Annalee Newitz (born 1969) is an American journalist, editor, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT, and has written for periodicals such as Popular Science and Wired. From 1999 to 2008 she wrote a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation, and from 20002004 she was the culture editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2004 she became a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She also co-founded other magazine with C.J. Anders, a periodical which ran from 20022007. From 20082015 she was Editor-in-Chief of Gawker-owned media venture io9, and subsequently its direct descendent Gizmodo, Gawker's design and technology blog. As of 2016, she is Tech Culture Editor at the technology site Ars Technica.

Early life

Newitz was born in 1969, and grew up in Irvine, California.[1] She graduated from Irvine High School, and in 1987 moved to Berkeley, California.[2] In 1996, Newitz started doing freelance writing. In 1998, she completed a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley, with a dissertation on images of monsters, psychopaths, and capitalism in twentieth century American popular culture,[3] the content of which later appeared in book form from Duke University Press.[4][5]


Newitz became a full-time writer and journalist in 1999 with an invitation to write a weekly column for the Metro Silicon Valley weekly, a column which then ran in various venues for nine years. Newitz then served as the culture editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian from 20002004.[6]

Newitz was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 2002-2003, supporting her as a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[7] From 2004–2005 she was a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and from 2007–2009 she was on the board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, a Hugo award-winning author and commentator, co-founded Other magazine.[8][9]

In 2008, Gawker media asked Newitz to start a blog about science and science fiction, dubbed io9, for which she served as editor-in-chief from its founding until 2015 when it merged with Gizmodo, another Gawker media design and technology blog property; Newitz then took on the same leadership of the new venture.[10][11] In November 2015, Newitz announced she was leaving Gawker to join Ars Technica where she has been employed as Tech Culture Editor since December 2015.

Personal life

Newitz is the daughter of two English teachers: her mother, Cynthia, at a high school, and her father, Marty, at a community college.[1] As her father was Jewish and her mother was a white Southerner former Methodist, Newitz describes herself as "biethnic".[1][12]


Published works

Newitz's work has been published in Popular Science, Wired,, New Scientist, Metro Silicon Valley,[19] the San Francisco Bay Guardian,[14] and at AlterNet.[6][15] In addition to these print and online periodicals, she has published the following short stories and books:

Short stories


Further reading


  1. 1 2 3 Annalee Newitz, 1997, "Sexual Mutants of the Multiculture:I have come to be an ethnic hybrid: half-WASP, half-Jew, the product of two supposedly segregated identities," at BadPost (online), Issue #33, September 1997, see , accessed 19 February 2015.
  2. Annalee Newitz, 2006, "About Annalee," at TECHSPLOITATION,COM (online), see "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-19., accessed 19 February 2015.
  3. ProQuest, 2015, "Citation/Abstract: When we pretend that we're dead: Monsters, psychopaths and the economy in American popular culture [Newitz, Annalee… University of California, Berkeley], see , accessed 19 February 2015.
  4. eDuke, 2015, "Books, Cholarly Collection: Pretend We’re Dead, Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture, By Annalee Newitz, at Duke University Press (online), see , accessed 19 February 2015.
  5. For a review of the book: ILoz Zoc, 2006, "Book Review/Interview: Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture by Annalee Newitz," at blogcritics (online), September 12, 2006, see , accessed 19 February 2015.
  6. 1 2 Newitz, Annalee (July 2, 2008). "My Last Column". AlterNet. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  7. Knight Science Journalism, 2015, "Alumni Fellows, Class of 2003: Annalee Newitz, culture editor, San Francisco Bay Guardian," see "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-19., accessed 19 February 2015.
  8. Rona Marech, 2004, "A pop culture magazine for freaks and 'new outcasts,' Other journal is pro-rant, pro-loopy and pro-anarchy," at SFGATE (online), August 31, 2004, see , accessed 19 February 2015.
  9. Camille Dodero, 2003, "The New Outcasts," in the Boston Phoenix, November 14–20, 2003 [defunct weekly as of 2013, see "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-19., accessed 19 February 2015].
  10. Mathew Ingramm 2015, "Gawker Media merging Gizmodo and io9 teams into a tech super-hub." GIGAOM (online), January 15, 2015, see [], accessed 19 February 2015].
  11. Richard Mankiewicz, 2010, "Science 2.0: Eureka’s Top 30 Science Blogs," at TimesOnline, February 21, 2010, see , accessed 19 February 2015.
  12. Margaret Talbot (November 30, 1997). "Getting Credit for Being White." New York Times Magazine Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  13. Emily (May 23, 2005). "Interview: Annalee Newitz". Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  14. 1 2 AAN Staff (June 19, 2002). "Bay Guardian Editor Named Knight Science Fellow". Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  15. 1 2 3 "Spotlight on: Annalee Newitz, Author and Editor". Locus Magazine. January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  16. 1 2 Sterne, Peter (January 15, 2015). "Gawker Media merges Gizmodo and io9, names Annalee Newitz editor". Politico Media.
  17. Seidman, Bianca (August 28, 2015). "Report: Women's accounts on Ashley Madison were fake". CBS News. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  18. 1 2 O'Shea, Chris (November 16, 2015). "Annalee Newitz joins Ars Technica". Ad Week. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  19. Newitz, Annalee (September 16, 1999). "Burning the Man". Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved January 25, 2016.

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