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Timothy Noah writes a weekly online column for the New Republic and maintains the Substack newsletter Backbencher . Before that, he was labor policy editor for Politico, a contributing writer at MSNBC.com, and a senior editor at the New Republic, where he wrote the "TRB From Washington" column. For a dozen years he was a senior writer at Slate, where he wrote the "Chatterbox" column, among other duties.


Noah has also been a Washington-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal, an assistant managing editor for U.S. News & World Report, a congressional correspondent for Newsweek, and an editor of the Washington Monthly (where he remains a contributing editor).


Noah has written for a variety of other national publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New York Review of Books, and he's contributed frequent broadcast commentaries to CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's Day To Day.


He received the 2011 Hillman Prize for a 10-part Slate series on income inequality in the U.S. that he subsequently expanded into his 2012 book, The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis And What We Can Do About It. Noah was also, in 2010, a National Magazine Award finalist for his Slate coverage of Obamacare.


Noah edited two anthologies of the writings of his late first wife, Marjorie Williams:  the New York Times best-seller The Woman At The Washington Zoo (2005), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and Reputation (2008). More information about Marjorie and her books is at womanatthewashingtonzoo.com.


A 1980 graduate of Harvard College, Noah lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Sarah McNamer, a professor of English and Medieval Studies at Georgetown University, and (depending on the time of year) up to four of their mostly-grown children and stepchildren.