journalist, critic and author
Virginia Heffernan is a journalist, critic and author, most recently, of MAGIC AND LOSS: The Internet as Art (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Heffernan has been called "a public intellectual for the 21st century," and among the "finest living writers of English prose." Kevin Kelly, the co-founder of WIRED, writes, "Heffernan is a new species of wizard. It is a joy and a revelation to be under her spell."
From 2008 to 2012, Heffernan wrote "The Medium," a weekly column about Internet culture, for The New York Times Magazine. Before that, she spent four years as a television critic at the daily New York Times. In 2002, she received a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Harvard. She writes for The New York Times, Slate, Politico, WIRED, The LA Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and many other places. She has appeared on The Open Mind, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, MSNBC, and regularly on NPR. Heffernan has keynoted at Google, The Library of Congress, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Harvard, NYU, and Boston College, among many places.
From 2015-2016, she was executive-in-residence and editorial director of West, a venture-capital firm in San Francisco. She still consults with VCs and startups.