I’m Ann Friedman, a journalist, essayist, and media entrepreneur who loves talking to strangers and finding new ways to explain the world. I co-host the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, and a short-run series called Going Through It. I send a popular email newsletter featuring a range of great things published on the internet that week. Right now I'm writing a book with my friend Aminatou Sow. It's called Big Friendship and will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2020.
You can find my writing in New York magazine, The Los Angeles Time, California Sunday, The New York Times, ELLE, The Guardian, and more. I am also a public speaker and consultant on the creative process and the future of media. Every Friday, I send an email newsletter, The Ann Friedman Weekly, which has been praised by Fast Company and Wired magazine. The newsletter is where you can find my hand-drawn pie charts.
I live in Los Angeles, my favorite city in the world. I was born and raised in eastern Iowa, studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and have since moved back and forth between America's coasts. I was an editor for several years before I became a writer, and my last staff job was as the executive editor of GOOD magazine. After I was fired along with my colleagues in 2012, we created a crowd-funded magazine called Tomorrow. I've been self-employed ever since. My one-woman corporation is called Ladyswagger, Inc.
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