Jenna Wortham

  • Staff Writer for The New York Times Magazine
  • Co-Host, 'Still Processing' Podcast
  • Editor of 'Black Futures' Visual Anthology
  • Community Care Worker



Journalist, author, podcaster, and cultural figure Jenna Wortham is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, offering engaging and incisive analysis to spellbound audiences across mediums. She co-edited the critically acclaimed visual anthology Black Futures, and is currently a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, whom editor Jack Silverstein called “one of the most savvy and intelligent voices anywhere covering digital business and culture.” Jenna is also the co-host of the highly popular New York Times podcast Still Processing, which won a Webby Award and has appeared on year-end ‘Best of’ lists for The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and Indiewire.

Jenna’s writing has appeared in Vogue, WIRED, The Economic Times, and more, and they have received numerous honors, including the prestigious MacDowell Fellowship. Jenna is uniquely positioned to speak to the challenges and possibilities of globalization of culture via the internet, and how we can continue to build our collective future in ever-changing digital spaces.

 

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At the NYTimes, she’s evolved the “Old Gray Lady" for the future, appealing especially to young women and people of color who’ve felt uninvited to the conversation previously. With 573k followers, Jenna live-tweets conferences, makes memes, and fawns over Erykah Badu, while remaining an expert on the digital landscape.

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Jenna Wortham: Skilled Moderator and Emcee for Your Next Event

Journalist and cultural commentator Jenna Wortham hosts the highly popular New York Times podcast Still Processing, and has moderated events like the New Work Summit at The New York Times. Wortham is a gifted moderator and skilled emcee, fostering high-impact conversations about today’s most pressin ...

Journalist and cultural commentator Jenna Wortham hosts the highly popular New York Times podcast Still Processing, and has moderated events like the New Work Summit at The New York Times. Wortham is a gifted moderator and skilled emcee, fostering high-impact conversations about today’s most pressing issues with leaders across sectors.

The Future of Tech Trends, and What They Mean for Your Business

Journalist and cultural commentator Jenna Wortham has been called “one of the most savvy and intelligent voices anywhere covering digital business and culture.” As a tech reporter for The New York Times, Wortham covered major moments in tech development – they wrote the first Times story about Insta ...

Journalist and cultural commentator Jenna Wortham has been called “one of the most savvy and intelligent voices anywhere covering digital business and culture.” As a tech reporter for The New York Times, Wortham covered major moments in tech development – they wrote the first Times story about Instagram – offering incisive analysis about key tech trends, the future of digital innovation, and how it intersects with business and society.

How Black Culture Shapes Modern Culture

Journalist and cultural commentator Jenna Wortham co-edited the critically acclaimed visual anthology Black Futures, which tells the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. Wortham offers engaging and incisive analysis about th ...

Journalist and cultural commentator Jenna Wortham co-edited the critically acclaimed visual anthology Black Futures, which tells the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. Wortham offers engaging and incisive analysis about the state and significance of Black culture, and how it shapes modern culture overall.

The Future of Work: Employee Wellbeing

Journalist and author Jenna Wortham is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, and is uniquely positioned to offer incisive analysis about the future of work, especially as it relates to conversations about employee wellbeing. A prominent cultural arbiter, Wortham focuse ...

Journalist and author Jenna Wortham is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, and is uniquely positioned to offer incisive analysis about the future of work, especially as it relates to conversations about employee wellbeing. A prominent cultural arbiter, Wortham focuses on how the workforce is being reshaped in a post-pandemic world as quality of life and wellbeing become priorities for employees, and the challenges as well as benefits of implementing these programs for companies and organizations.

Empowerment for the LGBTQAI+ Community

Journalist and cultural commentator Jenna Wortham is a powerful advocate for the empowerment of all marginalized communities, especially women, girls, and non-binary folks. Wortham is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, and offers insights about how these forces chal ...

Journalist and cultural commentator Jenna Wortham is a powerful advocate for the empowerment of all marginalized communities, especially women, girls, and non-binary folks. Wortham is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, and offers insights about how these forces challenge and support empowerment for marginalized groups, and shares strategies for how we can continue to build our collective future.

Pop Culture, the Internet, and Where We Go from Here

Journalist, author, podcaster, and cultural figure Jenna Wortham is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, offering engaging and incisive analysis to spellbound audiences across mediums. Jenna breaks down the impacts of living our lives increasingly online, and how we c ...

Journalist, author, podcaster, and cultural figure Jenna Wortham is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, offering engaging and incisive analysis to spellbound audiences across mediums. Jenna breaks down the impacts of living our lives increasingly online, and how we can continue to build our collective future in ever-changing digital spaces.

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Journalist, author, podcaster, and cultural figure JENNA WORTHAM is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, offering engaging and incisive analysis to spellbound audiences across mediums. She co-edited the critically acclaimed visual anthology Black Futures, which features contributions from over 100 innovators and artists such as Alicia Garza and Solange Knowles. Jenna is currently a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, and upon joining, editor Jack Silverstein introduced them as “one of the most savvy and intelligent voices anywhere covering digital business and culture. As a columnist, Jenna has been a great synthesizer of the ideas, trends, memes, and imagery that swarm through our collective mind, someone who can be counted on to rove widely and perceptively through the digital terrain.” Jenna is also the co-host of the highly popular New York Times podcast Still Processing, which won a Webby Award and has appeared on year-end ‘Best of’ lists for The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and Indiewire.

Jenna’s writing has appeared everywhere – Vogue, WIRED, The Economic Times, and more – and she was described in a piece for The Rookie as “one of the most important minds working in the media.” They have been awarded numerous fellowships, including the prestigious MacDowell Fellowship. Jenna is uniquely positioned to speak to the challenges and possibilities of globalization of culture via the internet, and how we can continue to build our collective future in ever-changing digital spaces.

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Jenna Wortham (she/they) is a journalist, author, and cultural figure whose work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Vogue to WIRED to The Economic Times. Jenna is currently a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and co-host of the New York Times weekly culture podcast Still Processing. She recently co-edited the critically acclaimed visual anthology Black Futures which features contributions from over 100 thought leaders and artists, such as Alicia Garza and Solange Knowles. She also has a forthcoming book with Penguin Press called Work of Body

Jenna's thoughtful and incisive criticism of pop culture, technology, and identity has been highly lauded by her industry peers. In a piece for The Rookie, Jenna was described as “one of the most important minds working in media” and in a Pi.co interview she was hailed as “the voice of the Snapchat generation.” It has also earned her a dedicated following on Twitter that is 700,000+ strong. 

Her highly popular podcast Still Processing is a natural extension of her work as a writer. With co-host Wesley Morris, she discusses and analyzes the latest happenings in pop culture, the internet, and the zeitgeist. The podcast has both critical and cultural popularity, consistently appearing on year-end “Best of” lists, including those at The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and IndieWire. Still Processing is the winner of the 2017 Webby Award in “Podcast and Digital Audio.” 

Jenna Wortham is a graduate of the University of Virginia. In 2017, she was the Zora Neale Hurston Fellow at the Jack Jones Literary Arts retreat. In 2018, she was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. In 2019, she was awarded a Yaddo Fellowship. In 2020, she was an inaugural fellow at the Baldwin for the Arts and recognized as a Kelly Writers House Fellow.