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.
Jake Horowitz is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Mic. He manages the editorial team & runs content strategy and site growth. Before Mic, he worked at Change.org. Jake graduated from Stanford University. He was named to the 2014 Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list.
Adam Jaffe is the VP of Content 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.
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.
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.
Ben moved to NYC in October. He is currently the editor of the Mic Music section. He graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a degree in American History & Literature and a secondary in Mind/Brain/Behavior. Outside of work, he is an active musician.
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.
Brianne is Director of Brand Products at PolicyMic. She has a MA in Entrepreneurial Journalism from CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism and is excited by the intersection of storytelling, brands and the way stories spread. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Lucy.
Caira is the Community Editor at Mic. She is also a tennis lover, WorldTeach Chile alum and former intern of the Clinton Global Initiative. Caira has a master's degree in international affairs from New York University. She does not live in Brooklyn.
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.
Derrick Clifton is a Staff Writer at Mic covering identity, culture and social justice. A news commentator, reporter and speaker on race, gender and LGBT issues, Derrick is also a master's candidate at the Medill School of Journalism.
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 Lifestyle Editor. 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.
James AllenVice President of Communications and Strategy
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.
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 an editorial fellow at Mic as well as the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog and community for young adults that recently partnered with the Women’s Media Center, the media organization founded by Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan. Her writing has been published in the Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Forbes, Jezebel and CNN amongst other publications and 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.
Krystnell Storr is Mic fellow with a Master's of science, health and environmental reporting from NYU. She has written for Science, Reuters and O,The Oprah Magazine. She enjoys all element related chemistry jokes. HeHe.
Dr. Marcie Bianco is a Staff Writer at Mic and a Contributing Editor at Curve Magazine She has also contributed to AfterEllen, Feministing, The Feminist Wire, Huffington Post, Lambda Literary and The L Stop, and makes frequent appearances on Huffington Post Live. She writes and makes public appearances about ethics, from feminism to race relations. Her current projects include a memoir about lesbian academic affairs and a collection of feminist essays.
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.
Michael is a staff writer at Mic, focusing on science and drug policy. Previously, he worked at the Open Society Foundations on electoral reform. A native Seattleite, he's still mad about the SuperSonics.
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.
Sam is a Senior Video Producer/Editor at Mic. Previously, he worked on the video team at The Verge and has made videos for a number of other New York based media companies. He currently resides in Brooklyn and is on a lifelong mission to read every Batman comic ever published.
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.
Sophie Kleeman is a staff writer at Mic. She covers culture, politics and social justice issues. A recent graduate of New York University, she's also written for Gothamist, MSNBC.com and The 6th Floor Blog.
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.
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, Oxford University, George Washington, and the University of Chicago.
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