Alex Pareene is a staff writer at The New Republic. He has been writing about politics and media since he dropped out of college to work for a website called Gawker in 2005. He was a writer and columnist for Salon, where he launched the popular annual "Hack List" and wrote two e-books. At First Look Media, he edited the extremely short-lived but beloved satirical site "Racket Teen." He returned to Gawker Media as Special Projects editor, and then editor-in-chief of Gawker.com, until that publication was murdered by a malicious billionaire. Pareene then served as the first politics editor of the feisty populist news and opinion site Splinter. He has contributed to many fine publications, including The Baffler, Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington Post's Outlook section, and Hmm Daily. He lives in New York with his family.
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