Ada Calhoun

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Ada Calhoun / Author

Ada Calhoun. Credit: Allison Michael Orenstein

Journalist Ada Calhoun has written for The New Republic, Time, New YorkGlamour, the New York Post,, Self, RedbookThe Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times sections  Arts & Leisure, Opinion, Styles, the Magazine, T, and, as a frequent contributor, the Book Review. She is known for both rigorous investigative reporting and for personal essays (including one Modern Love and four Lives columns). She has appeared as a guest of many TV and radio outlets, including the Today Show and NPR.

As the Alicia Patterson Foundation’s 2014 Josephine Patterson Albright Fellow, she is spending the year reporting on women and the criminal justice system (e.g.: on pregnancy and opiate addiction for NBCNews, and on personhood legislation for Cosmo). She won the 2013 Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues for her reporting for The New York Times Magazine on chemical endangerment arrests in Alabama. She completed a MacDowell Colony residency in 2013 and a New York Public Library Allen Room residency in 2014. She also taught two sections of public affairs reporting at Hofstra University in Spring 2014.

She is a prolific collaborator on book projects, and three of the four books she has co- or ghost-written (including two with Tim Gunn) have been New York Times bestsellers.

She is now writing a narrative history of the street on which she grew up, St. Marks Is Dead, to be published by W.W. Norton in 2015 or 2016.



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