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Jeffrey Kittay, Founder and publisher

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Jeffrey Kittay was the founder and editor of the legendary Lingua Franca magazine and a winner of the National Magazine Award. Most recently, while working in newspaper publishing in Maine, he became intrigued about what allowed some of the state’s farm-to-table businesses to succeed while others continued to struggle. He decided that those committed businesses, and their consumers and supporters, from coast to coast, needed to know more about how to make the new food economy work. @jkittay

Kate Cox, Editor

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Kate Cox joined The New Food Economy after several years reporting on the American age boom for radio and text as a freelance health reporter. She has written extensively about end-of-life issues, elder incarceration, and the plight of living organ donors. In 2014, she reported and produced The Hidden Crisis, a three-part radio documentary about the nation’s first emergency shelter for victims of elder abuse. Kate has been a contributor to The Nation and Huffington Post and co-created and produced Off the Radar, a travel TV show and blog about two women on a mission to see the world on $1k. @thekatecox

Joe Fassler, Deputy editor

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Joe Fassler, The New Food Economy’s deputy editor, has covered the intersection of food, policy, technology, and culture for the magazine since 2015. His food reporting has twice been a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award in Journalism. He’s also editor of Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Creative Process (Penguin, 2017), a book based on “By Heart,” his ongoing series of literary conversations for @joefassler

Jesse Hirsch, Managing editor

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Before joining The New Food Economy, Jesse Hirsch was an investigative food editor at Consumer Reports, where he tackled stories on food safety, health, and nutrition. He has also worked for GOOD magazine, Edible Brooklyn/Manhattan, and VICE Munchies. Jesse was a founding editor at Modern Farmer magazine, and he was restaurant critic at The San Francisco Examiner and The East Bay Express in Oakland, California. @jesse_hirsch

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Nate Pazik, Director of development

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Nate Pazik joins The New Food Economy after more than a decade working in fundraising capacities for such organizations as Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He has also developed an education program for early-career fundraisers and non-profit leaders to better serve their donors.

Claire Brown, Senior staff writer

Claire Brown joins The New Food Economy after working on the editorial team at Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn. She won awards from the New York Press Club and the Newswomen’s Club of New York in 2017. @hclaire_brown


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Sam Bloch, Staff writer

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Sam Bloch joins The New Food Economy as staff writer after writing about arts, culture, and real estate for publications including L.A. Weekly, Artnet, and Commercial Observer, and serving as managing editor of Art Los Angeles Reader. His essay about Los Angeles’ “shade deserts” will be published by Places Journal this spring. @samkbloch

Jessica Fu, Reporter

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Jessica Fu joins The New Food Economy as reporter after having previously worked as a producer and contributor to Seattle’s alternative weekly, The Stranger. @jesstiafu

Hillary Bonhomme

Hillary Bonhomme, Multimedia producer / reporter

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Hillary Bonhomme is The New Food Economy’s multimedia producer. Before joining the team, she produced radio and wrote for several non-profit entities, including WNYC, WQXR, and Creative Capital. Outside of her work at The New Food Economy, Hillary is active as a musician and has taken the stage at National Sawdust, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and The Jerome L. Greene Space. @hillarybonhomme

Stephen McFadden, Video producer

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Stephen McFadden has been working in television and video since 2002. After running broadcast operations onboard international Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines, and creating national travel and tourism videos for Miles Partnership, Stephen spent five years building training and instructional videos for St. Petersburg College in Florida. Stephen now works as an independent videographer, producer, and editor across a range of food, fashion, art, and brand projects, and won the 2014 “Media Partner of the Year” award from the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota, Florida. @videoguy80

Patrick Clinton, Contributing editor

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Patrick Clinton is a long-time journalist and educator. He edited the Chicago Reader during the politically exciting years that surrounded the election of the city’s first black mayor, Harold Washington; University Business during the early days of for-profit universities and online instruction; and Pharmaceutical Executive during a period that saw the Vioxx scandal and the ascendancy of biotech. He has written and worked as a staff editor for a variety of publications, including Chicago, Men’s Journal, and Outside (for which he ran down the answer to everyone’s most burning question about porcupines). For seven years, he taught magazine writing and editing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Corby Kummer, Consulting editor

Corby Kummer is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he edits articles on politics and public affairs. He was a restaurant critic for New York magazine and is currently a restaurant critic for Boston and Atlanta magazines. Kummer is the winner of five James Beard Journalism Awards. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and Smithsonian, and the author of The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food. @CKummer