Kathryn Schulz is an American journalist and author, and the former book critic for New York magazine. She joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. Schulz won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her New Yorker article on a potential large earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.
Kathryn Schulz was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. After graduating from Brown University in 1996, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and lived there for a little less than four years.
Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. She also wrote “The Wrong Stuff,” a blog on Slate magazine, and contributes to the Freakonomics blog at The New York Times.
Schulz began her career in journalism writing for the now-defunct Feed Magazine (which published from 1995 to 2001), one of the earliest online magazines. From 2001 to 2006 she edited the online environmental magazine Grist. Before that she worked as a reporter and editor for The Santiago Times, of Santiago in Chile, where she covered environmental, labor, and human rights issues. She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now the International Reporting Project), and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan and the Middle East. as of 2014, Schulz resides in New York state.
Kathryn Schulz became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 2015.
Reviewing her book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (2010), Dwight Garner wrote: "Ms. Schulz’s book is a funny and philosophical meditation on why error is mostly a humane, courageous and extremely desirable human trait. She flies high in the intellectual skies, leaving beautiful sunlit contrails." Daniel Gilbert described her as "a warm, witty and welcome presence who confides in her readers rather than lecturing them. It doesn’t hurt that she combines lucid prose with perfect comic timing...."
Essays and reporting
- “Did Antidepressants Depress Japan?”, The New York Times Magazine, August 22, 2004
- “Being Left: Reflections on Love and Politics,” The Nation, December 20, 2004
- “Brave Neuro World”, The Nation, January 9, 2006
- “Billy Jean in Baghdad”, The Huffington Post, November 16, 2009
- “Life in Hell”, Foreign Policy, January 12, 2010
- “Thanks for Admitting the Blindingly Obvious”, The New York Times, June 8, 2010
- “The Bright Side of Wrong”, The Boston Globe, June 13, 2010
- “The United Mistakes of America”, The New York Times, July 28, 2010
- Schulz, Kathryn (April 13, 2015). "Sight unseen : the hows and whys of invisibility". The Critics. A Critic at Large. The New Yorker. 91 (8): 75–79. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
- — (May 18, 2015). "Outside in : Nell Zink turned her back on the publishing world. It found her anyway". Life and Letters. The New Yorker. 91 (13): 38–45. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
- — (July 20, 2015). "The Really Big One". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015-08-05. (about the risks of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake to the Pacific Northwest)
- "Pond Scum", The New Yorker, October 19, 2015
- "Dead Certainty: How ‘Making a Murderer’ goes wrong", The New Yorker, January 25, 2016
- "When Things Go Missing", The New Yorker, February 13, 2017
- "Call and Response", The New Yorker, March 6, 2017
- — (November 6, 2017). "Fantastic beasts and how to rank them : they may not exist, but they tell us a lot about the human mind". Dept. of Speculation. The New Yorker. 93 (35): 24–28.
- ^ "Contributors: Kathryn Schulz", The New Yorker.
- ^ "The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Feature Writing: Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker". Columbia University. 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- ^ Center, Julianne (April 26, 2016). "In conversation: Kathryn Schulz '96". The Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- ^ MacManus, Roxanne (June 23, 2010). "Kathryn Schulz: A former Portland journalist explains why sometimes it's right to be wrong". Willamette Week. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- ^ Dwight Garner, "To Err Is Human. And How! And Why", The New York Times, June 10, 2010.
- ^ Daniel Gilbert, "The Errors of Our Ways", The New York Times, Sunday Book Review, July 23, 2010
- Being Wrong, at HarperCollins
- Kathryn Schulz author page, HarperCollins
- Dwight Garner, "To Err Is Human. And How! And Why", The New York Times, June 10, 2010
- Daniel Gilbert, "The Errors of Our Ways", The New York Times, Sunday Book Review, July 23, 2010
- "Kathryn Schulz On Learning To Love 'Being Wrong'". NPR. June 7, 2010
- Stuart Jeffries, "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz" (review). The Guardian, August 27, 2010
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