Jessica Bruder is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on subcultures and the dark corners of the economy.
She has written for venues including Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Observer, the Associated Press, The Oregonian, The International Herald Tribune, Inc. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine.
She is the author of BURNING BOOK (Simon & Schuster, HC 2007, PB 2014), an account of the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert that pairs narrative non-fiction with photography and ephemera. A Los Angeles Times review called her writing “quietly poetic.”
Since 2004, Bruder has been a regular contributor to The New York Times, where she was the original columnist behind START, a Times blog about startups. She was a staff writer at The New York Observer and The Oregonian, a senior editor at Fortune Small Business magazine, and also launched and edited CNNMoney's weekly Innovation Nation column.
Bruder received her M.S. and won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She earned her B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa at Amherst College, where she was awarded the school's Laura Ayres Snyder Poetry Prize and an Alpha Delta Phi/David P. Patchel Memorial Fund grant to study censorship in South Africa.
This is her seventh year teaching at the j-school.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Pulitzer Hall, MC 3801
New York, NY 10027