Journalist Ada Calhoun has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Time, New York, NewYorker.com, Billboard, and The Los Angeles Times. She has also worked as a crime reporter on the New York Post’s City Desk.
She is known for both feature reporting (she won the 2013 Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues for her New York Times Magazine reporting on chemical endangerment arrests in Alabama) and for personal essays (including one Modern Love and four Lives columns). As the Alicia Patterson Foundation’s 2014 Josephine Patterson Albright Fellow, she reported on women and the criminal justice system (notably, on opiate addiction in Ohio for NBCNews, and on California’s welfare system for Cosmopolitan.com). She has appeared as a guest of many TV and radio outlets, including the Today Show and NPR.
She has ghostwritten numerous books, including three New York Times bestsellers. Her narrative history St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street, will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in November 2015. She was born and raised on St. Marks Place, but now lives with her husband and son a subway stop away — not because St. Marks is dead, but because Brooklyn is still slightly cheaper.