Jim Epstein is the executive editor of Reason TV and Reason’s podcasts.
His memorable pieces include a four-part documentary series titled “Cypherpunks Write Code,” about the roots of bitcoin; a feature story on the secret, dangerous world of Venezuelan bitcoin mining; a story on how Robert Moses destroyed an all-black community on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that was featured in the New York Times; a report on Washington, D.C.’s taxi medallion system (which got him arrested); a feature story and documentary about Brazil’s growing libertarian movement; a documentary (which won a Southern California Journalism Award)and magazine feature on the impact of the $15 minimum wage on New York City’s car wash industry; and a re-reporting of the New York Times‘ series about labor abuses in nail salons, which convinced the paper’s public editor to conclude that the paper’s coverage “went too far in generalizing about an entire industry.”
His writing and videos have appeared in the New York Post, New York Daily News, and The Daily Beast. Before coming to Reason, Epstein spent eight years as a producer at WNET, the PBS flagship station in New York City, where he won five New York Emmys and three CINE Golden Eagle Awards for his work.
Epstein graduated from Wesleyan University, where he earned a B.A. in American history and wrote a thesis on 19th century transportation in New York City.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two sons, Nat and Harry.