Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program

Where Are They Now?

Since its beginning in 1980, the Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program has featured more than 700 up-and-coming journalists, with more than half continuing their careers in media and journalism. Graduates of the program have gone on to become award-winning journalists, lead magazines and other news organizations, found new and innovative endeavors, and generally shape the nation's journalistic and policy dialogue. Of Mother Jones' current staff of 69, 20 got their start as fellows, including a senior editor and our managing editor, research editor, online editor, photo editor, advertising director, public affairs director, editorial coordinator, associate interactive producer, plus four staff reporters.

Here's just a sampling of the program's esteemed alumni (year denotes when alum started the program):

  • Peter Waldman (1982), editor, projects and investigations at Bloomberg News
  • Andrew Breslau (1985), VP of Communications & Marketing at Alliance for Downtown New York, former president of The Nation Institute
  • Chris Lehmann (1985), managing editor for Yahoo! News, an editor at BookForum and the Baffler, and an author
  • Nan Weiner (1986), executive editor at San Francisco magazine
  • Sara Frankel (1986), Mother Jones board member and entrepreneur
  • Kerry Lauerman (1992), former editor in chief at Salon
  • Michelle Cottle (1993), Washington reporter for the Daily Beast
  • Eric Umansky (1995), assistant managing editor for ProPublica
  • Owen Thomas (1995), editor at Business Insider, former executive editor of VentureBeat, and founding executive editor of the Daily Dot
  • Mark Murray (1996), senior political editor, NBC News
  • Julian Brookes (1998), US program at Human Rights Watch, former editor at Mother Jones and Rolling Stone
  • Mat Honan (1998), senior writer at
  • Lakshmi Chaudhry (1999), senior editor for, India's first web-only news site
  • Michael Scherer (2000), White House correspondent for Time
  • Justine Sharrock (2001), BuzzFeed staffer and author of Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things
  • Matteen Mokalla (2003), producer at Al Jazeera English
  • Janelle Nanos (2004), senior editor at Boston magazine, formerly at New York and National Geographic Traveler
  • Brad Plumer (2004), reporter at the Washington Post, former assistant editor at The New Republic
  • Meghann Farnsworth (2004), senior manager, distribution and online engagement, for the Center for Investigative Reporting, California Watch, and the Bay Citizen
  • Anthony Ha (2004), writer at TechCrunch
  • Ann Friedman (2005), columnist for, former executive editor of GOOD
  • Jon Mooallem (2005), contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, author, and frequent contributor to Pop-Up Magazine
  • Michael Beckel (2005), reporter at the Center for Public Integrity
  • April Dembosky (2005), reporter for the Financial Times
  • Justin Elliott (2007), reporter at ProPublica, former reporter at Salon, and news editor at Talking Points Memo
  • Casey Miner (2007), news producer/editor at KALW
  • Daniel Luzer (2008), web editor at the Washington Monthly
  • Taylor Wiles (2010), online editor at the High Country News, cofounder of Once magazine
  • Marian Wang (2009), reporter at ProPublica
  • Hamed Aleaziz (2011), reporter at the Daily Journal
  • Maya Dusenbery (2011), executive director at Feministing
  • Azeen Ghorayshi (2011), editor at the East Bay Express
  • Deanna Pan (2012), staff writer at the Pacific Northwest Inlander
  • Maggie Severns (2012), education reporter at Politico

Are you a former MoJo intern or fellow? Stay on our radar by sending your contact information or by asking to join our Mother Jones Fellowship Alumni Network page, so we can keep you up-to-date.