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Staff Writer for The New York Times Magazine
Co-Host of the podcast, Still Processing
Editor of the Visual Anthology “Black Futures”
Community Care Worker
Jenna Wortham (she/they) is a journalist, author, and cultural figure whose work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Vogue to WIRED to The Economic Times. Jenna is currently a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and co-host of the New York Times weekly culture podcast Still Processing. She recently co-edited the critically acclaimed visual anthology Black Futures which features contributions from over 100 thought leaders and artists, such as Alicia Garza and Solange Knowles. She also has a forthcoming book with Penguin Press called Work of Body.
Jenna's thoughtful and incisive criticism of pop culture, technology, and identity has been highly lauded by her industry peers. In a piece for The Rookie, Jenna was described as “one of the most important minds working in media” and in a Pi.co interview she was hailed as “the voice of the Snapchat generation.” It has also earned her a dedicated following on Twitter that is 700,000+ strong.
Her highly popular podcast Still Processing is a natural extension of her work as a writer. With co-host Wesley Morris, she discusses and analyzes the latest happenings in pop culture, the internet, and the zeitgeist. The podcast has both critical and cultural popularity, consistently appearing on year-end “Best of” lists, including those at The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and IndieWire.
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“At the NYTimes, she’s evolved the “Old Gray Lady" for the future, appealing especially to young women and people of color who’ve felt uninvited to the conversation previously. With 573k followers, Jenna live-tweets conferences, makes memes, and fawns over Erykah Badu, while remaining an expert on the digital landscape.”
- -Shorty Awards
At the NYTimes, she’s evolved the “Old Gray Lady" for the future, appealing especially to young women and people of color who’ve felt uninvited to the conversation previously. With 573k followers, Jenna live-tweets conferences, makes memes, and fawns over Erykah Badu, while remaining an expert on the digital landscape.
- -Shorty Awards
Previously Hosted By
-Jeremy Barr, Politico
-Jake Silverstein (Editor of the NYT Magazine), in a memo to staff
-Mallika Rao, The Village Voice
-Diamond Sharp, The Rookie
-Scaachi Koul, The New York Times Book Review
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