Heather Chaplin is a Brooklyn-based author, journalist and media critic. Her most recent book, Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness, was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2017.
She is also the founding director of Journalism + Design at The New School, the co-host of the podcast Tricky and a columnist at Columbia Journalism Review.
In her spare time she can be found taking ballet classes she has no business attending but does anyway.
Chaplin started her career as a reporter at the The Oakland Tribune and Salon, where she wrote The Reluctant Capitalist column. Over the years, she’s written for many publications, such as The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Cut, Slate, GQ and Details. She was also a regular contributor to All Things Considered.
Chaplin founded the journalism innovation program Journalism + Design at The New School in 2014. She’s been a fellow at The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and has written papers with colleagues from institutions such as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Chaplin has been recognized for her work on digital culture and the future of journalism in places including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Believer, CBS Sunday Morning, Talk of the Nation and The Nieman Report, among other places. Chaplin is also a frequent speaker on these topics.
Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness (Simon & Schuster July 2017) was her first foray into memoir. She is currently working on a novel that takes place at 17th century Versailles.