Hi, thanks for visiting my site. I'm what used to be called a "magazine features writer," but since people look at me strangely when I say that now, let's settle on "long-form writer." I'm a generalist writer too, which means that I don't cover one beat. I write lengthy cover stories and feature articles on a number of topics -- some weighty, some not at all.
Right now, I'm a contributing editor at The New York Times magazine and Vanity Fair magazine. I've been with New York on and off since I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University, where I majored in English. I began there as an editorial assistant and was promoted to contributing editor a couple years later, when I was 25. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and daughter now, but I grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City, where I played classical violin and danced with Alvin Ailey as a kid.
I was also a writer on the Style desk at the New York Times in 2003. Prior to that, I spent a year studying the sociology of religion at Harvard University.
I've won a National Magazine Award in Profile Writing, for my profile of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld
. My New York magazine cover story, "Gawker and the Rise of the Creative Underclass
," was also a finalist for the National Magazine Award in feature writing, and I received a Mirror Award nomination for a profile of Arianna Huffington
. Some of my articles can be controversial, but I pride myself on dealing with my subjects and sources honestly.
My writing has been published in these books
as well as mentioned in these articles
. You can reach me at vanessagri [at] mac.com
, and you can sign up for a newsletter with recent stories and updates here