Damon W. Root is a senior editor of Reason magazine and Reason.com, where he writes about legal affairs, politics, and history.
Root was awarded the 2011 R.C. Hoiles Prize for Journalism for his writing on eminent domain abuse in New York. His July 2010 Reason cover story, “Conservatives v. Libertarians: The debate over judicial activism divides former allies,” was nominated for a 2010 Los Angeles Press Club award for best magazine feature or commentary.
Root’s writing on the 14th Amendment has been cited in the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy and his reporting on eminent domain has been cited in the Fordham Urban Law Journal. His 2007 essay on libertarian NAACP co-founder Moorfield Storey was recommended in Race & Liberty in America: The Essential Reader (University Press of Kentucky).
Root’s writing has appeared in the New York Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Times, WallStreetJournal.com, New York Press, Cato Policy Report, and other publications.
Root has spoken before audiences at the New York Civil Liberties Union, Columbia University, and the Cato Institute and has appeared on the Fox Business Channel, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and other media outlets.
Root is a graduate of Columbia University, where he received a B.A. in history. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.