Katherine Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason, the magazine of "free minds and free markets." A few of her more memorable cover stories include a defense of plastic bags, an argument for why you almost certainly shouldn’t vote, and a welcome to our new robot overlords.
Her writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. She is a frequent commentator on radio and television, including Fox, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. She has debated capitalism and socialism for Intelligence Squared and with Jacobin. She gave a TED Talk about what capitalism gets right and what governments get wrong. She did a Reddit AMA. She is a Future Tense Fellow at New America and serves on the board of directors of Students for Liberty.
She always loses to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for best columnist at the Los Angeles Press Club Awards but has managed to pick up a few other prizes including the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism from The Fund for American Studies.
Mangu-Ward is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a B.A. in philosophy and political science. She lives in Washington, D.C.