Staff & Contributors


Willy Blackmore | Food Editor
Willy Blackmore is the Food editor for He has written for The Awl, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Email Willy | @willyblackmore

Liz Dwyer | Staff Writer
Liz Dwyer grew up in the Chicagoland area but has called Los Angeles home for 15 years. She was previously the education editor at GOOD and has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national websites and print publications. @losangelista

Steven Gray | Editorial Director, News and Social Justice
Steven Gray is the Editorial Director for News and Social Justice at TakePart, leading coverage of human rights, criminal justice reform, poverty, race, and LGBT issues. He has covered politics, society, business and the global food industry for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine/ He has been Time Inc.'s Detroit Bureau Chief, and his work has appeared in Fortune, the Los Angeles Times, and Le Monde. Email Steven | @StevenGray

Taylor Hill | Associate Environment and Wildlife Editor
Taylor Hill is associate editor, environment and wildlife at TakePart. Taylor has covered issues involving marine habitat, harbors and beaches for the Orange County Register, The Log News, and Sea Magazine. Email Taylor

Rebecca McCray | Staff Writer
Rebecca McCray is TakePart's staff writer covering criminal justice and legal issues, based in New York. Previously, she was a reporter for Law360, a digital news service. She has written on criminal justice, politics, policy and cultural issues for Mic, Salon and Think Progress. In 2013 and 2014, she was a Fulbright scholar in Slovenia, leading a research project on the country's prison system. She received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Iowa. Email Rebecca |@rebeccakmccray

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer | News Editor
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is a Southern California native who has worked as a journalist in many corners of the world for major news organizations. She holds degrees in political science and English from the University of California, Irvine, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University. Email Shaya |@Shaya_in_LA

Eric Noe | Vice President and Editor in Chief
Eric Noe is the Vice President and Editor in Chief of TakePart. Prior to joining TakePart, he worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, his hometown newspaper, Reuters Midwestern bureau in Chicago, and ABC News in New York, where he was most recently the Managing Editor of ABC News Digital. Email Eric | @Noe_Eric

Paul Tullis | Features Editor
In addition to his role at TakePart, Paul is a Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine. He has also covered medical science, criminal justice, energy economics and other issues for publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Slate, Time, New York, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, McSweeney's and more than 40 other print, digital and broadcast media outlets.
Email Paul | @ptullis

Lauren Wade | Senior Photo Editor
Lauren has a BA in film, marketing and photography from Emerson College. With a background in fashion, she has a keen eye for visual style. Email Lauren

Todd Woody | Senior Editor, Environment and Wildlife
Prior to joining TakePart, he covered environmental and green technology issues as a contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and other publications. He was the environmental editor at Forbes, a senior editor at Fortune, an assistant managing editor at Business 2.0 and the business editor of San Jose Mercury News.Email Todd | @Greenwombat



Jason Best | Free Range
Jason Best has worked for Gourmet and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He writes about food, sustainability and the environment.

Richard Conniff | Strange Behaviors
Richard Conniff is the author of seven books, and his articles have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic.  He has written and presented television shows for networks including the National Geographic Channel, TBS, and the BBC. @RichardConniff

Scott Johnson | The Internationalist
Scott Johnson is the author of The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, A Son and the CIA, which was Long Listed for the National Book Award in 2013 and named a Washington Post Notable Book. Johnson has reported from over 50 countries and lives in California where he's working on his second book.  @Scott_C_Johnson

David Kirby | Death at SeaWorld
David Kirby, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post has been a professional journalist for 25 years and was a contracted writer for The New York Times. His third book, “Death at SeaWorld,” was published by St. Martin’s Press. @DeathAtSeaworld

Ian Knauer | Meatless Mondays
Ian has traveled the world for Gourmet magazine, a contributed to other national publications such as Bon Appetit and The Atlantic. He's also cohosted three food television shows and written a cookbook, The Farm. @iknauer

Jane Lear | Jane Says
Currently the features director at Martha Stewart Living, Jane was also on staff at Gourmet for almost 20 years. There, she helped develop the concept of an annual produce issue—the first time a food magazine ever grappled with the politics of the plate—and headed up seven subsequent produce issues. Jane blogs regularly at As our weekly food advice columnist, she's here to answer questions about the food landscape, from policy to no-fail cooking techniques.@janelear

Taylor Orci | Container Culture
Taylor Orci is a writer-comedian living in Los Angeles. Orci has contributed to the likes of NPR, New York MagazineThe Atlantic, and She's performed in the CBS Diversity Showcase, Sketchfest Seattle, the LA Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival. @TaylorOrci

Maile Pingel | Whole Home
Maile Pingel holds an M.Phil in design history from the University of Glasgow and was a researcher in the Decorative Arts department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art before moving to the world of publishing. She has contributed to several books on art and design, and was an editor at Architectural Digest. She is currently a freelance writer for Modern Luxury magazines and, very happily, a new columnist for TakePart. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, dog and cat.  @mailepingel

Jack Schneider | The Learning Curve
Jack Schneider is an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross and the author of two books, including From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2014). His work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he is active in the public schools.

Linda Sharps | As Green As I Get
Linda Sharps is a regular contributor to TakePart. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her family, where she works as a freelance writer while wrangling two rambunctious boys and ignoring the laundry. She always has a caffeinated beverage in hand and a LEGO painfully embedded in her foot. @Sundry



Alison Fairbrother | Environment
Alison Fairbrother is the director of the nonpartisan Public Trust Project, which investigates and reports on misrepresentations of science by corporations and government. She has written for the Washington Monthly, the Washington Spectator, Grist, and Politics Daily, among others. Alison is based in Washington DC. @adfairbrother 

Matthew Fleischer Social Justice 
Los Angeles-based investigative journalist and editor Matt Fleischer was awarded a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism for his ongoing series “Dangerous Jails.” Fleischer’s work has been honored by the Association for Alternative Newsweeklies, the LA Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and First Amendment Funding Inc. Email Matt

Twilight Greenaway | Food
Twilight Greenaway is an Oakland-based freelancer who has been writing and editing for the web since 2000. Her articles about food and farming has appeared in the New York Times, the Bay Citizen,, Civil Eats, and on Grist, where she served as the food editor from 2011-2012. @twyspy

Steve Holt | Food
Steve's story about healthy fast food was anthologized in Best Food Writing 2011. His food and general interest stories regularly appear in Edible Boston, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and other places. Email Steve | @thebostonwriter

Clare Leschin-Hoar | Food
Clare Leschin-Hoar covers seafood, sustainability and food politics. Her work has appeared in Scientific AmericanThe Wall Street Journal, Grist, Eating Well and many more. @c_leschin

Suzi Parker Education
Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist whose work frequently appears in The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. She is the author of two books. @SuziParker

Melissa Rayworth | Social Justice 
Melissa Rayworth is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for exploring the building blocks of modern life, including parenting and marriage, the myths and realities of modern suburbia, work/life balance and beauty/body image issues. She frequently writes feature stories for The Associated Press and has written for clients including Salon and Babble (in its pre-Disney incarnation). She has contributed to several anthologies, including the SmartPop book series. @mrayworth

Kristine Wong | Environment 
Kristine Wong is a multimedia journalist who reports on energy, the environment, sustainable business, and food. Her work has been featured in The Guardian U.S./U.K., The Huffington Post, GreenBiz, and other publications. She has degrees in natural resources and journalism from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington. @wongkxt