Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery

Editor in Chief

Since taking the editorial helm at Mother Jones in late 2006, Clara and her co-editor, Monika Bauerlein, have won two National Magazine Awards for general excellence, relaunched MotherJones.com, founded a now 13-person Washington bureau, won a PEN award for editing, given birth, and forgotten what it's like to sleep. It probably doesn't help she's on Twitter so much.

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Clara Jeffery is co-editor of Mother Jones, where, together with Monika Bauerlein, she has spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by the addition of now 13-person Washington bureau, an overhaul of the organization's digital strategy and a corresponding 15-fold growth in traffic, and the winning of two National Magazine Awards for general excellence. When Jeffery and Bauerlein received a PEN award for editing in 2012, the judges noted: “With its sharp, compelling blend of investigative long-form journalism, eye-catching infographics and unapologetically confident voice, 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 general-interest periodical influencing everything from the gun-control debate to presidential campaigns. In addition to their success on the print side, Jeffery and Bauerlein’s relentless attention to detail, boundless curiosity and embrace of complex subjects are also reflected on the magazine’s increasingly influential website, whose writers and reporters often put more well-known and deep-pocketed news divisions to shame. Before joining the staff of Mother Jones, Jeffery was a senior editor of Harper's magazine. Fourteen pieces that she personally edited have been finalists for National Magazine Awards, in the categories of essay, profile, reporting, public interest, feature, and fiction. Works she edited have also been selected to appear in various editions of Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Clara cut her journalistic teeth at Washington City Paper, where she wrote and edited political, investigative, and narrative features, and was a columnist. Jeffery is a graduate of Carleton College and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She resides in the Mission District of San Francisco with her partner Chris Baum and their son, Milo. Their burrito joint of choice is El Metate.

 

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Colbert: "Why Not Make it Official? Let the Rich Start Their Own Country."

| Wed Mar. 2, 2011 2:30 PM EST

Our new issue's cover package on the new plutocracy has gotten a record response—more than two million people have looked at the income inequality charts that accompanied Kevin Drum's piece. Among them, it turns out, was Stephen Colbert, who built a segment around the package in Tuesday's show and offered a simple, brilliant solution. Over to you, Stephen.

Hey Look, It's a New Homepage!

| Fri Feb. 4, 2011 4:00 AM EST

Well, hello. If you’ve been here before, you've probably noticed that things look different. That’s right, we’ve redesigned the homepage—part of an incremental makeover of the site. 

We did this for a couple of reasons. First, change is good. Second, there were some parts of the old design that didn’t suit the rapid-fire pace at which our content rolls out these days.

Traffic has doubled over the last year. Our reporters in D.C. and on the West Coast are cranking out more stories than ever. Our new commenting system has pulled many more of you into the conversation, as has the vibrant community of our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr friends.

This design is less blocky, more open, and brings more of our freshest content to the top of the page. It also showcases the voices (and mugs) of the team of amazing staff writers and editors we've built over the past few years. If you click on any of their pictures, you’ll get to our new author pages. Bookmark your favorites.

Great photojournalism is one of MoJo’s hallmarks. Now, instead of burying our photo essays at the bottom of the page, we prominently feature two of them each day. Go to our photojournalism page to see lots more.

Love yourself some David Corn? Our DC bureau chief now has his own corner of the home page, complete with his latest TV appearances.

We have one of the best journalism internship programs in the country, so why not show off what these guys can do? Ditto for our far-flung network of famous and talented alumni. We point you to some of their best work.

And finally, there’s you. We've created a "Feedback" block to feature your tweets and comments. Don’t forget to send your scoops to our tipline. And it’s now even easier to subscribe to our magazine and our free newsletters—and become part of the community of supporters that keeps us going.

Pulling this off took a lot of work from everyone at this nonprofit shop. We're so proud of what they've accomplished. Which doesn't mean we're not open to constructive criticism; tell us what you think, because making a good website is a two-way street. Consider yourself consulted

 

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