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Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Associate Editor

Elizabeth Nolan Brown is an associate editor at Reason, where she covers sex policy, criminal justice, First Amendment issues, food regulation, millennial politics, moral panics, women's health care and labor issues, and whatever folks are talking about in the news that day. Her writing has also appeared in outlets such as Politico, Playboy, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Fox News, The Week, The Dish, and Time magazine, and been published by entities such as the New America Foundation and the Cato Institute.

In 2016, her Reason cover story "The War on Sex Trafficking Is the New War on Drugs" earned the Western Publishing Association's "Maggie" award for best feature article and took third in the Southern California Journalism Awards best-feature category. 

Brown is a frequent commentator on sex work, civil liberties, feminism, and general politics—in libertarian spaces and the media more broadly. In the past year, she has spoken at events like FreedomFest, the International Students for Liberty conference, and the Porcupine Freedom Festival, and been invited to talk to students at New York University and Vanderbilt Law, among other places. She has also spoken on these issues on radio and TV, including Fox Business' Stossel and Opening Bell, NPR's 1A, the BBC's Business Matters, and Al Jazeera's The Stream.  

Before coming to Reason, Brown was a blogger, web producer, and editor with AARP magazine, Bustle.com, and Defy Media; a nutrition news ghostwriter; a researcher at the Center for Media & Social Impact; and a personal-finance and law reporter for the Daily Reporter in Columbus, Ohio. She has a BFA in theater from Ohio University, a certificate in nutrition studies from Cornell, and an MA in strategic communication from American University. 

She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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