Prior to her role as co-editor at Mother Jones magazine, Clara Jeffery was senior editor at Harper’s magazine. As an editor, ten of her pieces have been finalists for National Magazine Awards. Jeffery’s work has also been chosen to appear in Best American Science Writing, Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Sports Writing. Jeffery began her journalistic career at Washington City Paper.
Mother Jones, a non-profit publication founded in the wake of the Watergate scandals, was named after union leader Mary Harris Jones, once called “the most dangerous woman in America.” Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein were appointed co-editors of Mother Jones in 2006, and their unusual collaboration has proven successful, garnering two National Magazine Awards, one for General Excellence and one for Best Feature Writing. Most recently, they won the international Data Journalism Award for Data-Driven Investigation. Jeffery and Bauerlein have ushered in a period of expansion at Mother Jones, establishing a Washington bureau and ensuring the publication’s digital presence by tripling traffic to their website after its successful relaunch.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Jeffery now resides in the Mission District of San Francisco with her partner Chris Baum and their three-year-old son, Milo. She can be followed on twitter @ClaraJeffery.