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.

Free The Reporters

| Tue May 3, 2011 3:19 AM EDT

In the rare bit of news unrelated to Osama bin Laden, today is World Press Freedom Day! Which means that the United Nations is holding a shindig in Washington, and people are giving speeches noting that press freedom is at its lowest level in 12 years, and there's a new report out on the top 10 tools used by online censors and oppressors.

For our part, we'll take this day to remember the many journalists who have lost their freedom--journalists whose suffering isn't making headlines the way the ordeals of Lara Logan and the New York Times Four did, but who are equally deserving of our sympathy and outrage. No fewer than 16 reporters are detained or missing in Libya alone right now (and four more, including photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, have been killed); hundreds share their fate around the world. One of them is Shane Bauer, who was detained in August 2009 while hiking in a remote, scenic part of Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border. He remains in prison in Iran along with his friend Josh Fattal, an environmental educator. Sarah Shourd, Shane's fiancee, was detained with the two but has since been freed. 

Shane wasn't on assignment at the time of his arrest (which according to a Nation investigation took place inside Iraq), but he had done terrific reporting from the Middle East including a Mother Jones expose on US payments to corrupt contractors in Iraq. Below is a statement by a number of the US journalists who have had the good fortune of working with him, ourselves included, urging Iran to end Shane and Josh's unjust captivity. It's been far too long. 

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

| Wed Mar. 2, 2011 3:30 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 5:00 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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