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Posts Tagged ‘Taffy Brodesser-Akner’

Taffy Brodesser-Akner Makes a Splash with GQ Feature Debut

As noted in our Revolving Door column, hard-working former Mediabistro staffer Taffy Brodesser-Akner (2001-2007), who was always a writer and in fact came up with the name “Revolving Door,” recently pulled off a remarkable coup. In the same, single week, she was named a contributing writer at both GQ and the New York Times Magazine.

NickiMinajGQNovember2014The piece that sparked her GQ contract has now arrived and it’s getting a lot of attention for one particular aspect. During the reporter’s conversation at Barclays Center with Nicki Minaj, her interview subject was desperately fighting off fatigue:

To be completely accurate, she never fell into actual REM sleep during our interview, but at four separate times she dozed off, her head jerking awake at just the moment it had started to dip. In between, she was what I could call low-key and reserved, because I am generous, but the picture looked like this: those eyelids, falling, falling over eyes that would cross momentarily, closing for a moment but staying too long—a blink that lasted a few blinks longer than a blink.

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NY Press Club Award Winners Announced

The 2014 New York Press Club Award winners have been announced, with Steven Brill taking home the most prestigious honor — the Gold Keyboard. Brill won for his Time piece “Bitter Pill: Why Our Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony June 9 at the Water Club.

As for organizations, The Wall Street Journal has bragging rights. It won the most awards with nine. Bloomberg News (which included Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, WBBR and Bloomberg Television) was the runner-up with eight awards. Time came in third with six.

Below is the full list of winners. Congrats to all.

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Amy Poehler Blitz Continues with Ladies’ Home Journal Cover

January: The Golden Globes. February: The upcoming, first guest spot on Late Night with Seth Meyers. March: Lingering across newsstands as the cover-story feature for Ladies’ Home Journal. All in all, Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler is putting together one heck of a 2014 media Q1, with still plenty of Q1 to go.


As an added bonus for Mediabistro readers, the March article to go along with the cover – titled “Poehler Power” – was written by none other than the very busy and successful freelance feature writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. She was once our director of education.

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Mediabistro Alum Recounts Her Hellish Freelance Pitch

Taffy Brodesser-Akner,’s one-time director of education (pictured), shared a funny freelance writer experience over the weekend via Salon.

Once a year, the wife of New York magazine west coast editor Claude makes a point of flying from LA to New York to confab in person with her various features editors. Smart move. This winter, the group included Sarah from, whom Brodesser-Akner knew only up to that point via email:

I started talking ideas. I had an idea about Ikea, how it’s come to represent the interchangeability of our society–after all, isn’t it weird that we’re all buying disposable furniture now? As I told her an anecdote about meeting a friend at Ikea recently, she just let me talk and talk. She must really like me, I thought. Five whole minutes must have passed.

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Claude and Taffy Brodesser-Akner And Baby Makes 3!


Congratulations and welcome are in order to the newest member. Director of education Taffy Brodesser-Akner, gave birth to a son, Thursday night at 11:02 p.m. at UCLA Santa Monica hospital. Father Claude Brodesser-Akner, a former F’Bowler, must be beaming, and the baby weighs 11 pounds, 3 ounces, and is 21 inches.

Ex-New York Times Writer, Former Instructor Found Dead In Philippines

julia_campbell_fbny.jpgExtremely sad news for the family: Julia Campbell, a newspaper reporter and former newspaper writing instructor for, was found dead in the Philippines. She was a member of the Peace Corps and had gone missing. According to the Associated Press, Campbell “was found buried with one foot protruding from the ground near the village of Batad. It was not clear whether she had been buried by someone or if she was covered by debris during a fall.”

Here’s her instructor’s bio:

In her 14 years as a journalist, Julia Campbell has written for newspapers large and small, magazines and major Internet news sites. Her first newspaper job was at a weekly in Virginia, and, after writing about a defiant old woman fighting a highway that was to be built right through her property, Julia was hooked. She went on to work as a reporter for several newspapers, eventually landing a full-time freelance position at the New York Times. While at the Times, Julia worked on a team investigating police corruption and covered the New York Police Department. Her work at the Times led her to a correspondent’s job at People magazine, covering high-profile crime stories, including the Los Angeles murder of Bill Cosby‘s son, Ennis. A former senior editor at and producer at, Julia is now a senior editor at Star magazine.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner,’s director of community development, remembers Campbell:

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Think You’ve Got Balls? Sign for’s Bowling Team


Media mavens who want to put their balls on the line have got to hustle–registration for the bowling team closes on Sunday.’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner and her long-suffering spouse, Claude (idle thought: when he converted, was bowling even mentioned?) encourage one and all to join what’s sure to be the inner-most circle of the Los Angeles media scene.

Competiton begins January 22, every Monday night for 8 long weeks in exotic Mar Vista. And you can get a shirt with embroidered name for an additional $10.