Hi, thanks for visiting my site. Long-form magazine writing is a bit anachronistic these days, but that's what I do. I'm usually classified as a 'generalist' writer, 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 New York magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. I've been with New York on and off since I graduated from Wesleyan University. I began as an editorial assistant and was promoted to contributing editor a couple years later, when I was 25. I live a hectic bicoastal life at the moment, 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 was recently nominated for a Mirror Award 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 at all times.
My writing has been published in these books
and mentioned in these articles
. You can reach me at vanessagri [at] mac.com
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