From Features Editor Liz Seymour, Deputy Features Editor David Malitz and Deputy Features Editor Mitch Rubin:
We are thrilled to tell you that Monica Hesse will become The Post’s first gender columnist, bringing her signature voice to a wide-ranging column that will explore this defining social issue.
A national search brought us more than 100 applicants for this new position, but Monica stood out from the beginning. One of our most distinctive writers, she excels at everything from long-form narratives to breaking news, and is known for writing with poignancy and humor.
A 2007 Style intern, Monica has spent her career here as a general-assignment reporter in Features, except for a year on David Finkel’s team in 2014. She has built an expansive portfolio of stories on politics, popular culture, social movements, forgotten histories and other narratives capturing the meaning of modern life.
She has already written extensively about gender. She has explored sexual identity through an older transgender woman and a teenager who identifies as non-binary. Her Election Day 2016 profile of Gladys Beeman, who was born the day women earned the right to vote and was headed to the polls to vote for a woman president, was a beautiful story about gender politics and women’s rights. She has tackled abortion, Anita Hill, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop. In October, she and Dan Zak led a team in Features that produced new reporting on Harvey Weinstein and his egregious behavior.
Monica grew up in Normal, Illinois. She graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in English, and received a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of six books, including “American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land,” which was based on a Post story about a series of fires set by a couple on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It received widespread acclaim, was a year-end notable book in The Post and The New York Times and was nominated for an Edgar award for Best Fact Crime.
She lives in University Park with her husband Rob and their dog, Sheba.
Please join us in congratulating Monica on her new role. We can’t wait to start reading her columns.