Brooke Shelby Biggs
Journalist / Writer / Editor

Anita Roddick Publishing / Writer, Editor, Instigator -- 4/01 - present

  • Serve as editor for Anita Roddick Books, from soliciting manuscripts to developing new book concepts to writing, editing, researching, copy editing, and managing the production process.
  • Manage editorial on Anita's web site, do some editing and writing on her speeches and opinion articles for the popular press, conduct research on issues, manage web-based activism campaigning.
  • Am editor of the book Troubled Water: Saints, Sinners, Truth and Lies About the Global Water Crisis, to be published by Anita Roddick Books in Fall 2004.
  • Am editor of the book Numbers, to be published by Anita Roddick Books in Fall 2004.
  • Wrote the book Brave Hearts, Rebel Spirits: A Spiritual Activists Handbook, published by Anita Roddick Books in Spring 2003.
  • Was an editor on Anita's book A Revolution in Kindness, also published in Spring 2003.
  • Co-Produced pilot episode of the television talk show "Taking it Personally with Anita Roddick."

    Freelance Journalist -- 1/97 - present

  • Research, report, and write articles for newspapers and magazines on everything from national politics (The Nation, Alternet.org, PopPolitics.com, Mother Jones) to lifestyle and culture (The Bark, Girlfriends, etc.)

    Mother Jones Magazine - Consulting Editor, Web Producer, News Editor -- 3/99 - 1/02

  • Managed the award-winning website Motherjones.com, including a staff of about 10. Established daily content on the site and implemented a successful ecommerce strategy. Oversaw a year-long redesign of the site, including a total overhaul of the site's navigation and underlying architecture. Introduced a popular interactive community section. Recruited top writers and commentators for the site, including Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ralph Nader, Todd Gitlin, Will Durst, Ted Rall and others.
  • Wrote a daily column called "The Bush Files," which has been honored as "Site of the Day" by USA Today and others.
  • Wrote a weekly weblog-style column called "Newshole," which digs into the facts behind the top political and social news of the day.
  • Wrote (and still write) occasional items and features for Mother Jones magazine.
    (Mother Jones was the 2001 recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Motherjones.com was nominated for a 2001 Webby Award for excellence in the print/zines category.)

    Berkman Center for Internet and Technology, Harvard Law School / Entrepreneurial Research Fellow -- 6/98 - 6/99
    Researched the role of public-interest media online, and developed a business plan for a public media "portal" on the Web. I also founded and edited the biweekly newsletter "The Filter" for the Berkman Center, which is now in its fifth year.

    Business 2.0 / Editor-at-Large -- 12/98 - 6/98
    Helped launch this successful magazine on the Internet economy.

    Self-Employed / Freelance Editor and Writer -- 1998 - present
    My work has appeared at ABCNews.com, Salon.com, Mother Jones, AlterNet, PopPolitics.com, Girlfriends, The Nation, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Business 2.0, and other magazines, newspapers, and Web sites.

    Wired Digital / Producer and Editor -- 1997 - 1998
    Wrote a weekly column on new media. Produced and edited the commentary sections Packet and Synapse. Also produced HotSeat, the Internet radio show hosted by NPR's John McChesney.

    The Business Journal / Senior Technology Correspondent -- 1996
    Covered Internet technologies, semiconductor and software industries in Silicon Valley.

    InsideEdge / Co-founder and Editor -- 1995
    Founded this weekly (print) newsletter for Silicon Valley executives with two Ernst & Young consultants and a venture capitalist.

    HealthWeek / Managing Editor -- 1994

    Apple Computer / Technical Editor -- 1993 .

    Visual Basic Programmer's Journal / Associate Editor -- 1992 - 1993

    Sacramento News & Review / Copy Editor -- 1989 - 1990



    Education

    San Jose State University
    Bachelor of Science, Journalism and Mass Communications (Reporting and Editing Concentration) -- 1993

    Graduated Magna Cum Laude