Monika Bauerlein

Monika Bauerlein

Editor in Chief

Since taking the helm at Mother Jones in 2006, Monika and her co-editor, Clara Jeffery, have won two National Magazine Awards, launched a nine-person Washington bureau, relaunched the website, given birth, and forgotten what it’s like to sleep.

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Monika Bauerlein is co-editor of Mother Jones, where, together with Clara Jeffery, she spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by two National Magazine Awards for general excellence, the addition of a seven-person Washington Bureau, and an overhaul of the organization’s digital strategy that tripled MotherJones.com's traffic. Previously she was Mother Jones' investigative editor, focusing on long-form projects marrying in-depth reportage, document sleuthing, and narrative appeal. She has also worked as an alternative-weekly editor (at Minneapolis/St. Paul’s City Pages), a correspondent for US and European publications in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, an AP stringer, corporate trainer, translator, sausage slinger and fishing-line packager. She lives in Oakland.

Pray for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living: Goodbye Al Meyerhoff

| Sat Dec. 27, 2008 4:38 PM PST

Everyone here was stunned to read the news a couple of days ago that Al Meyerhoff, a fighting lawyer who among other things exposed the Saipan scam (whereby American manufacturers have products made in sweatshops in the U.S. protectorate, then slap a "Made in USA" label on them--legally), has died at age 61. Al served for a few years on MoJo's board; he was a memorable presence, expounding in his booming voice—and, later, via the emails that regularly showed up in our inboxes, and no doubt a few thousand others—on this or that corporate or political outrage. He once told a student magazine that he'd developed his "active dislike of the abuse of power" from having been bullied as a kid. Those bullies messed with the wrong guy. We'll miss him a lot.

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How Would You Say "Goodbye, George W. Bush"? Tell Him

| Thu Dec. 25, 2008 11:09 PM PST

Office sort of quiet? Itching to spice up dinner conversation at the in-laws'? Dying to test drive the camera Santa brought? How about making an entry for our "Goodbye, George W. Bush" video contest? Put your 30-second (or so), PG-13 video on YouTube labeled "Mother Jones Goodbye Bush Video" and send us the link at mojobushvideo@gmail.com; all styles of entries are welcome, from simply talking at the camera to fancier stuff. Winners will be featured on the MoJo site and get prizes, not to mention more YouTube views than Straight No Chaser.
P.S. Spread the word! Contests are only as good as the number of entries they get, and we can't afford to advertise--so tweet, blog, and link away.

This is Almost Too Easy

| Tue Dec. 23, 2008 3:00 PM PST

Yesterday I wrote about writer Nomi Prins' amazing challenge gift to help raise money to plug the budget hole left by some major funders who pulled out from supporting our Washington bureau. Now it's even easier to pitch in: we have PayPal! You can give any amount (of course). I just tried it--and trust me, if I could handle it, so can you.

Our Writers Are Even More Amazing Than We Thought: Nomi Prins' Challenge to Readers

| Mon Dec. 22, 2008 2:40 PM PST

nomi_pic.jpgWhen we asked readers to help save our D.C. investigative crew after some major funders pulled out, one of our freelancers, Nomi Prins--a former Goldman Sachs managing director turned ace finance reporter--offered to put up the $1,000 fee for her most recent story as a challenge grant. Yes, just like on public radio: We won't hold the blog hostage for 20 minutes every hour to bludgeon you into giving, but we sure don't want to leave this money on the table. Can you help? It's incredibly easy, just follow this link. If you give $45 or more, we throw in a subscription to the magazine. Please help Nomi help us out. And then go read her story on the financial crisis. It will make you weep.

UPDATE: Now you can give via PayPal! Thanks to those of you who have already given, it means a ton. We'll let you know whether we make the match.

Did Bernie Madoff Bilk Mother Jones? (From the Editors)

| Wed Dec. 17, 2008 1:42 PM PST

Okay, here's the good news: Unlike other nonprofits, Mother Jones did not invest its portfolio with ponzi master Bernie Madoff. But here's the bad news: In recent weeks, we've heard from major donors saying that they've taken such a beating in the market, they have no choice but to pull funding they already promised to us—funding that was paying for our kick-ass reporters in Washington. This is not General Motors-size money we're talking about—about $125,000 so far has evaporated—but for an organization our size, it is a big chunk, especially at a time when we're already slashing the budget to deal with the broader financial crisis and the severe downturn in print advertising. Managers are taking pay cuts, we'll be running somewhat smaller issues, we're subletting office space, but at this point the only way to reduce expenses even further is to lay off reporters and cut back on investigating the powers that be. That's the last thing we want to do: With Washington in transition and billions flying out the door, someone has to dig into where the bailout money is going.

This is where you come in. We're not asking you to pay for private jets or chauffeured Town Cars; every penny of your donation goes to the overworked, underpaid investigative reporters whose work you see here every day. Anything helps, and it's super easy—just follow this link. Think about it: Right now the Wall Street bailout has each and every one of us on the hook for $11,600 and counting. We'll keep track of your money for a lot less than that.

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