Cord Jefferson is Gawker’s West Coast Editor and a Gizmodo Contributing Columnist. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he has since donated a kidney in Saudi Arabia, captained a sinking vessel off the coast of Italy, and been chased out of Mexico. His reporting and writing have appeared in or on National GeographicUSA TodayBookforumThe New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Root, The NationFilterGIANT, Jezebel, Wonkette, Nerve, The American Prospect, The Awl, and various other publications. Prior to going to Gawker Media, he was the senior editor at GOOD magazine. His nonfiction essays have been included in two anthologies, and his comedy writing has appeared on MTV. He’s also been seen and/or heard on NPR, the CBC, the BBC, CNN, RT, and MSNBC.

He lives in Los Angeles and has tremendous hand-eye coordination.