Annie Zaleski

Annie Zaleski is an American music journalist and author.[1][2]

Annie Zaleski
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Zaleski at the 2017 Pop Conference
Occupationmusic journalist


Zaleski is a regular writer for mainstream media outlets such as The A.V. Club and NPR Music, and a columnist at Salon.[3][4][5] She is based in Cleveland, Ohio where she has won first place awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, including Best Arts Review (2017) and Best Feature Writing (2019).[6]

Zaleski was previously an editor and music writer at the Riverfront Times in St. Louis, where she also hosted a radio show on KDHX called International Pop Overthrow.[7] She moved to Cleveland Ohio to become managing editor at Alternative Press in 2011.[6][7] She wrote the liner notes to the 2016 reissue of R.E.M.'s Out of Time.[1]


Zaleski wrote a book in the 33⅓ series about the Duran Duran album Rio which was published in May 2021.[8] She is working on the book Why the B-52s Matter for University of Texas Press.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Zaleski grew up near Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Rocky River High School and then Harvard University from 1998 to 2002 where she wrote for the Harvard Crimson and was a DJ on the college's radio station.[11] She graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in English.[12][11] She collects records and is on the board of directors for Lake Erie Ink.[7][13]

Zaleski married Matt Wardlaw, who is also a music journalist, in July 2013.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Annie Zaleski - Annie Zaleski". Bloomsbury. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  2. ^ "YP Helpful Habits Q&A: Annie Zaleski, freelance music writer". Crain's Cleveland Business. September 21, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  3. ^ "Annie Zaleski". Salon. January 1, 1970. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  4. ^ "Annie Zaleski". AV Club. December 15, 2020. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  5. ^ "Annie Zaleski". NPR. January 22, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Annie Zaleski - Cleveland, OH". This Is Cleveland. May 1, 2021. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Scorfina, Jon (April 15, 2011). "Annie Zaleski on music writing, DJing and, of course, REM". Riverfront Times. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  8. ^ "Duran Duran's Rio". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  9. ^ "Annie Zaleski". The Coda Collection. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Fall 2019" (PDF). University of Texas Press. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Sebille, Dave (April 15, 2019). "The Ballad Of Annie Zaleski". PressureLife. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  12. ^ "Annie K. Zaleski - Writer Page". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  13. ^ "Board of Directors". Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth. October 25, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  14. ^ "'Face Time: Pebbles, "Girlfriend"". Popdose. July 12, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2021.

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