Monika Bauerlein


Since taking the helm at Mother Jones in 2006, Monika and editor-in-chief 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 CEO of Mother Jones. Previously, she served as co-editor with Clara Jeffery, who is now editor-in-chief. Together, they spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by two National Magazine Awards for general excellence, the addition of a 12-person Washington Bureau, and an overhaul of the organization’s digital strategy that grew's traffic more than tenfold. She has also worked as Mother Jones' investigative editor, focusing on long-form projects marrying in-depth reportage, document sleuthing, and narrative appeal, and as an alternative-weekly editor, 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.

15 Reasons You Should Donate to Mother Jones

| Fri Apr. 27, 2012 2:00 AM EDT

Hello dear readers! Yes, it's fundraising time, and we encourage you to donate a few dollars to the Mother Jones Investigative Fund to support independent, investigative journalism.

Unlike NPR, we can't hold your commute hostage to our pleas for money. But what we can do is remind you of some compelling reasons to part with a few of your hard-earned bucks. Ready?

1) Because we still do great longform journalism. Like Mac McClelland's undercover exposé into the warehouse wage slaves behind your online purchases.

2) Because half of all our magazine pieces in 2011 had a female byline–way more than most news/political magazines.


3) Because our income inequality charts are so good that Occupy Wall Street protestors put them on signs, Stephen Colbert built a segment around them, and Slate said they deserved a Pulitzer.

4) Because our reporters braved tear gas and arrest rather than back off covering the Occupy movement.

5) Because from pig brains to pink slime, we're not afraid to gross you out.

6) Because we were instrumental in bringing the photography of Vivian Maier to light.



7) Because we explained and reported the heck out of the Trayvon Martin killing

8) Because we stopped the GOP from redefining rape.

9) Because we made an "are you a slut?" flowchart and support a woman's right to choose to knit her congressman a vagina:

10) Because we allow smart celebrities to speak their mind.

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11) Because you deserve to know about the nukes speeding by your house.

12) Because our yearlong investigation of the FBI's domestic informant program was so good, it's been picked up by all the big papers (though not always with credit).

13) Because remember the whole exploding Ford Pinto thing? Yeah, that was us.

14) Because we pay our interns, and don't pit them against one another in a weekly acid-saber-fight cage match where only the triumphant one is allowed food.

15) Because we'll help you know the difference between Newt and Schrute.

BONUS: Still not sure? Okay, fine: We invented the po' boy...maybe.

 Delicious oyster po' boy.: fdasA delicious oyster po' boy. Joyce Marrero/ShutterstockWe couldn't have done a single one of these stories without your support. We're a nonprofit, and the support of readers is what keeps us alive. If you've appreciated any of these stories, please donate $5 or $10 to the Mother Jones Investigative Fund right now. We've almost reached our goal, and your gift could be the one that gets us all the way there. Plus, next time you see a great story on Mother Jones, you'll know you played an important part in making it happen. Please give today via credit card or PayPal. Thanks!

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Time for Some Troll Whacking

| Sat Feb. 4, 2012 4:34 PM EST

This weekend we're trying something new in our commenting system. This only affects you if you have been posting as a "guest;" if you normally sign in with Disqus (which powers our commenting system) or your Mother Jones ID, nothing changes. If you were using the "guest" feature, you can now sign in via Disqus, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Twitter, or OpenID. You can also create a commenter identity in the Mother Jones system here. As before, your information will not be disclosed; see Disqus' privacy policy here and Mother Jones' here.

We hope that this will discourage drive-by spammers and trolls, while still providing privacy for all our users.

Our moderators will continue to keep an eye out for abusive comments, but given the volume of discussion here, we'd love your help. Flag abusive comments (see our community rules here), which helps us identify and ban trolls.

We'd love to hear your feedback on this change, or anything else about our commenting system; email us at support at motherjones dot com.

RIP Christopher Hitchens: Provocateur and Damn Good Writer

| Fri Dec. 16, 2011 7:39 AM EST
Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Christopher Hitchens died today at 62, which is terrifyingly young to people past about 35. He'd been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus while on book tour in 2010 and wrote often about his impending demise, including in his last column for Vanity Fair, written while in treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Hitchens spent much of his writing career taking on sacred cows—you know, Mother Teresa, God—challenging authority, and taking positions infuriating to his friends on the left. Having come into politics as a Trotskyite, he defended Margaret Thatcher (for taking on the Argentine junta during the Falklands War), freaked out pro-choicers by noting that "obviously, the fetus is alive" (a position he explained in Mother Jones in 1995), and lambasted Bill Clinton in, among other places, this MoJo piece: "In all essentials, the Clinton-Gore administration has been Republican, and not all that moderate. On matters of political economy it has pursued the strictest Wall Street and Federal Reserve orthodoxy…"

And, of course, he came out guns blazing in favor of the Iraq War and against what he called "Islamofascism," for which he'd developed a hatred going back to the Iranian fatwa against his friend Salman Rushdie. Not long before the invasion, in a MoJo piece titled "Rogue Nation USA," he'd called out the Bush administration for demanding that other countries abide by international treaties while reserving America's right not to.

It really was all of a piece. Hitchens was fiercely loyal to his friends, to the point where following "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" dictum put him in some strange-bedfellow positions. He loved pissing people off when they least expected it. And he wrote like a fiend, even at the expense of…himself. "Writing is what's important to me, and anything that helps me do that—or enhances and prolongs and deepens and sometimes intensifies argument and conversation—is worth it to me," he told Charlie Rose in 2010, in a quote that made his New York Times obituary. It was, he said "impossible for me to imagine having my life without going to those parties, without having those late nights, without that second bottle.”

Judge him if you will. But try doing it it as effectively as he did.

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