Mic’s approach to news is as unique as our generation. We’re founded on a simple idea: Young people deserve a news destination that offers quality coverage tailored to them. Our generation will define the future. We are hungry for news that keeps us informed and helps us make sense of the world.
Too many media outlets overlook us or assume we only want to read fluff. But we know that young people are inquisitive. We know they believe substantive news can also spark interesting conversations. We know they have a healthy skepticism for conventional wisdom. Mic’s editors and writers share those attributes with our readers. This sensibility informs everything we do.
THE MIC STORY
In 2011, two longtime friends, Chris Altchek and Jake Horowitz, set out to build a news company for young people. After years of exchanging ideas with friends about the events and issues of the day, they realized that those perspectives were often left out of the media’s narrative. Chris and Jake began cultivating a community of unique voices from around the globe. And from there, Mic was born.
After starting with three employees working from a Harlem apartment, Mic has built a rockstar team of editors, writers, and engineers. All of us believe that stories and information have the power to shape the world, especially when they challenge traditional narratives. Now, three years later, 22 million monthly readers rely on Mic to stay informed.
What They're Saying
"Stories that intelligently cover serious issues important to young people"
"PolicyMic’s current approach is to focus on stories chock full of counter-narrative, that prod readers into engaging with complicated topics"
"Closer than any of its competitors to finding the promised land for new media companies, a middle ground between deeply reported stories and listicles"
"PolicyMic wants to be the go-to for hard news and analysis for millennials"
Chris AltchekChief Executive Officer, Co-founder
Chris Altchek is CEO and co-founder of Mic. Mic helps our generation understand what’s happening in the world, why it matters, and how it impacts us. Before starting Mic, Altchek worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Earlier experiences include policy work for the National Economic Council at the White House and voter outreach for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s successful 2009 re-election. Altchek was named to the 2014 Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list. Reach me at chris (at) mic (dot) com.
With his buzzworthy Tumblr blog and website PopCultureBrain.com, Alex has become a leading figure in emerging social networks and entertainment news. Sourced by dozens of top destinations, including NY Magazine, BuzzFeed, and Videogum, Pop Culture Brain has been featured by BuzzFeed and TIME as the best pop culture blog on Tumblr. Alex is currently a programming editor for Mic, and manages the media company’s Twitter and Tumblr presences. Alex's writing has appeared on The Huffington Post, GQ.com, Mic and Time Warner Cable.
Adam Jaffe is the VP of Growth at Mic. Previously, he spent time working on Wall Street and writing screenplays in Hollywood. Adam graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Finance.
Alexandra is the Mobile Programming Editor at Mic. Prior to Mic, she was a journalist and the communications coordinator for an international nonprofit. She's a Brooklyn resident who can be found eating Roberta's pizza and getting into debates about the Oxford comma. Follow her on Twitter: @byalexsanders.
Anthony Smith is Lead Programming Editor for Mic. He was previously Director of Social Media and Analytics for the International Business Times and Digital Strategist for IBT/Newsweek. He attended Wesleyan University and lives in Brooklyn.
Anthony Sessa is the VP of Product @ Mic.
He has been at Mic since early 2013 and helped build out both the engineering and product teams. He graduated from Georgetown University, with a major in Science, Technology and International Affairs, with a focus on Computer Science.
Bayo manages brand partnerships at PolicyMic. Before joining PolicyMic, Bayo worked on an education startup that looked to build a better way to have class discussions online. His interests include exploring NYC, playing soccer, and trying new restaurants. Bayo graduated from Columbia University.
Billy is a Senior Video Producer/Editor at Mic. Previously, he was Lead Director of Video for The Verge at Vox Media, as well as the in-house producer for online video platform Viddler. When Billy was five years old, his favorite song was Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus. A lot has changed since then.
Chelsea is an Account Executive on the Revenue Team at Mic. Chelsea's previous experiences include digital ad sales at SoundHound, Slacker Radio, and Meebo. She's originally from South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina.
E. Jordan TaylorDirector of Operations & Chief of Staff
Jordan Taylor is the Director of Operations and Chief of Staff at Mic. She joined Mic from the Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with media and retail clients. E-mail: jordan (at) mic (dot) com
Ellie is Mic's editorial director of lifestyle. A former style and fashion editor for The Huffington Post, her writing has also appeared in Women's Wear Daily, HarpersBazaar.com and the Twitter feeds of British royal fans everywhere.
Evan currently serves as SVP of Sales at Mic, the premier news and media company for millennials.
Evan has worked for some of the best media brands in the world, including Condé Nast, Time Inc., the Walt Disney Corporation, Blip Networks and IAC. Evan is passionate about all aspects of sales, is a consultative seller and loves working with great corporations and brands to achieve their goals and improve their bottom lines.
Gene is the Regional Vice President of Sales for the Pacific Northwest at Mic. Before joining Mic, Gene grew Twitter’s nascent global ad business for 4+ years across Fortune 50 brands. Gene has enjoyed surfing the wave of each digital advertising trend. From early banner ads, to paid search, to social and now millennial branded content, Gene leads brands toward creative advertising solutions that deliver business results.
James Allen is VP of Communications & Strategy at Mic. Most recently, James worked as Director of Communications to Senator Cory Booker during his final year as mayor of Newark. He also served as Campaign Manager for Congressman John Carney. Previously, James worked on President Obama's 2008 campaign and in the office of Senator Hillary Clinton. He loves hoops, hip-hop, and hard copy newspapers.
Joel's the Director of Programming at Mic, an Internet nerd and a new media fanatic. Before Mic, he led social media at the New York Post, Page Six and the iPad-only news startup The Daily. His writing and photography have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post, Huffington Post and more.
Jon Levine is a staff writer at Mic. Previous credits include: The New York Times, CNN.com, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The South China Morning Post. Follow him on Twitter @LevineJonathan
Joseph is the Director of Revenue Operations at Mic. He has worked previously at digital publishers like Nerve.com, Blip and Maker Studios keeping revenue teams organized and connecting brands and audiences.
Julie Zeilinger is a staff writer at Mic as well as the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog partnered with the Women’s Media Center. She is also the author of "A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word" and "College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year."
Kate is a staff writer for Mic's music section. With an M.A. in journalism from NYU, she's written for Salon, NewYorkMagazine.com, and RollingStone.com. Kate hails from Montana, but eats pizza like a New Yorker—often and aggressively.
Lisa is Head of Talent Acquisition at Mic. Prior to joining Mic, she worked at leading media companies such as AOL/The Huffington Post, NBCUniversal and UrbanDaddy. She is passionate about all aspects of talent management including recruitment, development, retention and engagement.
Megan Doherty is a graduate of Loyola University and a Chicago native. Prior to Mic, she was a personal assistant to an entrepreneur and worked in hospitality. When not at Mic, Megan performs comedy in New York City.
Natasha is a Live News Staff Writer with the highly specialized beats of feminism, the Muslim world and global politics. Before joining Mic she reported on regional affairs from Pakistan. She studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and Columbia University in New York. It dawned on her recently she may be the subject of Chapter Four of Edward Said's "Orientalism."
Nick is an Account Executive at Mic. Before Mic, Nick spent two years with Turner Sports, where he worked with partners across Bleacher Report, the NBA, NCAA, NASCAR and PGA. A 2011 graduate of Georgetown University, Nick was a member of the Varsity Men's Lacrosse team and majored in Government. Nick resides in TriBeCa.
Regina is a Senior Video Producer/Editor at Mic. She previously worked at Vox Media and before that spent a lot of time fixing a lot of computers. She lives in Harlem and always writes in all lowercase except here where she was kindly asked not to.
Rameez is Mic's Strategy Consultant. Prior to joining Mic, he spent four years on Wall Street. Rameez is an avid skier and loves New York's dining scene. He tries his best not to Instagram his food but slips up from time to time.
Sarah is Mic's Managing Editor. She taught English and journalism in the Bronx and was an instructional coach for The New Teacher Project. She has worked as freelance journalist and is an avid NYC biker.
Tom Barnes is a Staff Writer for Mic.com's music section. A graduate of NYU, he's worked brief stints with Columbia Records and Miracle Music. He believes the mind needs music like the body needs food and water, and he always feels the thirst.
Trevor is the Director or Product Management at Mic. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Nanomaterials. Prior to Mic, Trevor spent his time in Silicon Valley as a product manager and more recently in NYC as a software engineer.
Will is a Senior Engineer at Mic focusing on architecture and performance. His previous experience includes serving as CTO at Joonbug and co-founding Crave Tickets. In his free time he enjoys tinkering with robotics.
Zeeshan is a politics staff writer at Mic. He has experience at The Huffington Post, Politico, The Atlantic Wire, and BBC News. He was educated at the Sidwell Friends School, George Washington University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago.
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