I'm currently developing a cable drama series for Fox Searchlight TV inspired by the book “Philistines at the Hedgerow” by Steven Gaines. Over the past decade, I’ve been selling pilots and writing for several shows including “Girls” and "The Newsroom." Most recently, I was a Supervising Producer on "Sweetbitter" (Starz).
After graduating from Cornell, I started a journalism career as the assistant to the late, great Peter Kaplan, the Editor in Chief of The New York Observer, where I wrote perhaps my most emailed story. It was about Googling guys before I went on dates with them. The New York Times Magazine's "On Language" column gave me credit for coining the verb "To Google." Sergey Brin flew to New York to fete me for it and seriously, we went on a date.
Next, I became a Staff Writer for the features section of the New York Post and managed to write a story about a Hasidic Jewish workout video with the memorable headline "Muscle Tov." After a year, I jumped to New York magazine as a Contributing Editor, writing deep pieces of investigative journalism like who threw the best dinner parties for about four years.
Then I decamped to a cabin upstate to write a novel, "4% Famous," which was published by Random House in 2006. Following that, I became the Editor in Chief of a now-defunct magazine in the Hamptons and almost learned how to surf. When that folded, I started writing for the New York Times Style section. That’s when I met a bunch of TV writers while reporting a story about the writer’s strike in LA. I decided to forgo that story and try to become one of them. My first gig was as a Staff Writer on Season 3 of the CW’s remake of “90210” where I put my surfing experience to good use.
Now I live in Los Angeles with my husband, Josh Groban (not the one you’re thinking of) and our two children.