Damon Root

Senior Editor

Damon Root

Damon Root is a senior editor of Reason magazine and, where he writes about legal affairs, politics, and history. He is the author of Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court, forthcoming in fall 2014 from Palgrave Macmillan.

Root was awarded the R.C. Hoiles Prize for Journalism in 2011 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, his reporting on eminent domain has been cited in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and his work on federalism and gay marriage has been cited in the Columbia Law Review. His 2007 essay on 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,, 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.

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