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Emily Bazelon

b. March 4, 1971

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Emily Bazelon until we are able to commission a full entry.

Journalist, editor, and writer, Emily Bazelon.

Image courtesy of Emily Bazelon.

From cyberbullying to abortion rights, reporter Emily Bazelon has tackled controversial legal issues for Slate and the New York Times Magazine. Bazelon began her journalism career at Yale College, serving as managing editor of the New Journal, then freelanced while on a Dorot Fellowship in Israel from 1993 to 1994. Bazelon also served as editor of the Yale Law Review. After she graduated from Yale Law School in 2000, she clerked for a judge in the First Circuit Court of Appeals and served as senior editor of Legal Affairs, a Washington, DC, journal. Bazelon has written for periodicals including the Atlantic, Mother Jones, Vogue, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the New Republic. She worked for nine years as senior editor of Slate before becoming a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine. Since 2014 Bazelon has co-hosted Slate Political Gabfest, a weekly podcast affiliated with the magazine. Her coverage of cyberbullying led to her bestselling book Sticks and Stones in 2013, and her second book Charged, which examined America’s mass incarceration crisis, won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2020. Bazelon has also written on issues ranging from Guantanamo to the tactics of the pro-life movement. In 2019 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she lectures at and is a Truman Capote fellow at Yale Law School. Bazelon’s 2022 New York Times article “The Battle Over Gender Therapy” received backlash for platforming members of Genspect, an organization dedicated to restricting gender affirming healthcare for children. In 2023, the article was cited in an executive order from the Missouri Attorney General banning trans-affirming healthcare for all ages. 

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