Thu Jun. 27, 2013
Jacques Hebert
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Amid Record Growth, Mother Jones Furthers Its Status As a Leading News Organization With Strategic Hires

This morning Mother Jones announced the hiring of several strategic positions across its editorial team. The hiring comes at a time of tremendous success and growth for the nonprofit news organization. Last year, Washington, DC, Bureau Chief David Corn broke the "47 Percent" story that sent shockwaves throughout the US presidential campaign and was honored with a George Polk Award and a National Magazine Award—just 2 of the 15 major industry awards Mother Jones won this year. Mother Jones has also experienced record traffic growth, with unique visitors increasing 73 percent since June 2012. Reporters and editors joining the team include:

Lauren Williams is coming to Mother Jones' Washington, DC, bureau as a story editor. Previously, Williams was the deputy editor for The Root (part of the Washington Post's Slate Group), where she managed teams of freelancers and staffers and helped spearhead the site's user experience, search engine optimization, and social-media strategy. Prior to this role, Williams was an editor at AOL's

Joining the bureau as a reporter is Mariah Blake, a former editor at the Washington Monthly. More recently, Blake worked as a freelance investigative journalist, covering everything from presidential politics to energy policy for publications including The Atlantic, The New Republic, Salon, Columbia Journalism Review, and Mother Jones.

Furthermore, in recognition of Nick Baumann's growing role in an expanding bureau, where he and senior editor Dan Schulman serve as deputies to Corn, Baumann has been promoted to senior editor.

At Mother Jones' San Francisco headquarters, Ben Dreyfuss is coming on board as engagement editor, overseeing social-media content and strategy. Dreyfuss previously worked as a social-media editor at CNET, where he also edited CNET's mobile app and was a contributing writer.

Finally, the Climate Desk—the climate reporting partnership between Mother Jones and The Atlantic, CIR, Grist, the Guardian, PBS's Need to Know, Slate, and Wired—is also expanding. Jeremy Schulman, previously editor in chief of the American Independent and research team leader at Media Matters, will join the Climate Desk as a senior project manager in Washington, DC, where Chris Mooney has also come on board as a correspondent, host of both the events series Climate Desk Live and a podcast on science and policy. The growing team also includes New York City-based senior producer James West and associate producer Tim McDonnell, and will expand in the near future with the addition of research and writing fellows.

Mother Jones has developed from a start-up magazine operating in an office above a San Francisco McDonald's into a news organization that employs over 75 people across offices in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, in addition to reporting staff and contributing writers based all around the world. Over the last five years, the total number of Mother Jones employees has grown by 47 percent. Speaking on behalf of fellow co-editor Monika Bauerlein, CEO Madeleine Buckingham, DC Bureau Chief David Corn, and publisher Steve Katz, Clara Jeffery commented on this trend and the recent hiring spree: "The success of Mother Jones—in addition to a loyal and growing readership—is a direct result of its fiercely dedicated and unquestionably talented staff of editors, reporters, and business people who move the organization forward with their hard work. We couldn't be more excited to welcome this new crew onboard and see where their contributions take us."

About Mother Jones:

First published in 1976, Mother Jones produces revelatory journalism that informs and inspires a more just and democratic world. Covering a wide range of topics on both and in a bimonthly print magazine, the nonprofit news organization specializes in investigative, political, social justice, and environmental reporting. 

For more information or to set up an interview with a Mother Jones spokesperson, please contact Jacques Hebert at 415-321-1724 or