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Julie Scelfo

The Women Who Made New York


Julie Scelfo is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where she was a staff reporter from 2007 until 2011. She is devoted to what the Times likes to call “How We Live” stories which explore human behavior and social norms in contemporary society. Her story “Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection,” was one of the Times’s top stories of 2015.

Previously, she was a Correspondent at Newsweek where she covered breaking news (including the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center) and wrote about social trends and family life.

Before joining Newsweek she was a staff writer at the now-defunct media watchdog magazine Brill’s Content, where her journalism career began after a brief stint at the Fire Island News.

Scelfo attended Barnard College, where she designed her own major in Political
Communications, and New York University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Media Ecology, the study of how media technologies shape human perception and behavior.

Her work has appeared in Salon, O, The Oprah Magazine, Epicurious, Time Out New York, and she has contributed to The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Ad Nauseam: A Survivor’s Guide to American Consumer Culture and several editions of Time Out New York’s Eating & Drinking Guide.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Scelfo worked for a consulting firm, waited tables, hawked t-shirts, boxed pastries, and moonlighted as a paralegal and bartender. Her interests include eating, drinking and spending as much time as possible in Mexico.

Scelfo lives with her family in New York City, and is currently at work on The Sahadi’s Cookbook, a look at one of NYC’s oldest specialty food store, now operated by a fourth generation member of the Sahadi family. Her first book, The Women Who Made New York, is out from Seal Press, a member of Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company, in November of 2017.

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Julie Scelfo
  • Global Feminisms
  • Media & Journalism
  • Repro Justice & Parenting