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Amanda Hess is an American journalist. She is a critic-at-large for the New York Times who has also written for magazines including Wired, ESPN, and Elle.

Amanda Hess
OccupationJournalist, writer

As of August 2019, Hess was a critic-at-large for the New York Times and a contributor to the New York Times Magazine.[1][2] In March 2016, she was named one of three inaugural David Carr Fellowship recipients at the New York Times.[3]

She is known for her widely discussed 2014 article in Pacific Standard, "Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet,"[4][5] which detailed her experience and that of other women as victims of misogynistic online harassment.[6] Conor Friedersdorf wrote in the Atlantic that Hess's article was "persuasive in arguing that the online threats of violence are pervasive and have broad implications in a digital society."[7]

Hess won The Sidney Hillman Foundation's February 2014 Sidney Award for her Pacific Standard essay.[8] The essay also won the 2015 American Society of Magazine Editors Public Interest Award.[9]


  1. ^ Hess, Amanda (10 June 2016). "For the Alt-Right, the Message Is in the Punctuation". Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via
  2. ^ "Amanda Hess website". Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  3. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (2016-02-23). "New York Times Awards David Carr Fellowships to 3 Journalists". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  4. ^ Hess, Amanda (6 January 2014). "Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  5. ^ Young, Cathy (4 September 2014). "Men Are Harassed More Than Women Online". Daily Beast. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  6. ^ Raja, Tasneem (10 January 2014). "Amanda Hess: "Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet"". Mother Jones. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  7. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (7 January 2014). "When Misogynist Trolls Make Journalism Miserable for Women". The Atlantic. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Amanda Hess Wins February Sidney Award for "The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet"". The Sidney Hillman Foundation. February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  9. ^ "National Magazine Awards 2015 Winners Announced | ASME". Retrieved 2016-03-08.