Staff & Columnists


Willy Blackmore
Willy Blackmore | Food Editor
Willy Blackmore is the Food Editor for TakePart. He has written for The Awl, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Email Willy | @willyblackmore
Samantha Cowan
Samantha Cowan | Associate Culture and Lifestyle Editor
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor and helms TakePart's weekend coverage. She has covered technology, music, and food for various online news outlets. Email Samantha | @Shosh_CW
Liz Dwyer
Liz Dwyer | Staff Editor
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
Taylor Hill
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
Rebecca McCray | Staff Writer
Rebecca McCray is TakePart's staff writer covering social justice 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
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
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
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
Todd Woody
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
Sarah Wright-Killinger
Sarah Wright-Killinger | Deputy Editor
Sarah Wright-Killinger is TakePart’s Deputy Editor. She previously worked in editorial and product roles at the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo and Disney. Email Sarah


Jason Best
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
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
Jane Lear
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