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,,, 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, 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. 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,, Mother Jones, AlterNet,, 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


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

    Graduated Magna Cum Laude