Writer, Editor, Storyteller, Communicator
I've worked for four New York City newspapers. From 2013 until 2018 I was Metro editor of The New York Times. I sought to capture all the drama, tragedy and comedy of living in this, what I believe is the greatest city in the world. But it is a place that is ever changing. Metro was known for major prize-winning investigations during my tenure.
I've also written books and numerous high-charting stories in The Times, from the miraculous and uplifting tale of a boy who was terribly injured in the early 1970s but went on to have a remarkable life, to an essay about how "It's a Wonderful Life" is actually a horror movie, to a comic feature about travelling abroad with my children. Many of my stories captured disappearing facets of working class Brooklyn as the borough gentrified in the last two decades.
Wendell Jamieson’s Prize-Winning Investigations
Journalism With Impact
While Metro editor of The New York Times from 2013 to 2018, Wendell Jamieson oversaw major investigations that changed the national conversation. They included a deep look at the mistreatment of women who work at nail salons, how racism is embraced by New York State's prison system, and why the city's subways are falling apart. Metro won two Polk Awards and was a Pulitzer finalist four times during his tenure.
Books by Wendell Jamieson
Wendell Jamieson loves newspaper stories. But sometimes you gotta go longer, bigger, richer. His two books have grown out of the two most important facets of his life: his love of family, and his love of New York City. He also had a hand behind-the-scenes in a couple of successful non-fiction books from major publishers.
Sprawling, towering, ever-changing and noisy with tragedy and comedy, New York is like no other city in the world. This new image-heavy book from top-flight Assouline Publications captures all the drama of New York's cultural and social changes of the 20th Century. With an intro from Jay McInerney. Featured in The New York Times.
Interview with Martha Stewart
“I don’t have to tell you this but kids do say and ask the darndest things -- and they are very inquisitive. How would you answer this question: why does red mean stop and green mean go? Well, my next quest had no idea either and he’s an editor at the New York Times. So he tracked down and interviewed the experts who do know the answers and wrote them all down in this wonderful book…” - Martha Stewart
Wendell Jamieson's Videos
Interview with CUNY
“We wanted to find a balance between the...beautiful but also gritty in its portrayal of New York ...throughout this book we kept finding these fun contradictions between the higher and the lower, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly in every era of New York history.” - CUNY
Stories from the Times
From Brooklyn and the World
Whether investigating a long-ago crime in the neighborhood where I grew up, or examining why a supposedly upbeat movie is actually terrifying, or recounting comic travel episodes with my children, I've used the material of life for high-charting, engaging stories.
I was 7 years old and lived four blocks away, on St. Johns Place. My mother came into the kitchen that day or the next, her hands shaking. “Wendell,” she said, “Whenever you answer the door, never go out to the gate until you know who is there. Always look through the window of the inside door. Because you know what happened? This little boy on President Street answered the door, and this crazy man poured acid on his head.”
Lots of people love this movie of course. But I’m convinced it’s for the wrong reasons. Because to me “It’s a Wonderful Life” is anything but a cheery holiday tale. Sitting in that dark public high school classroom, I shuddered as the projector whirred and George Bailey’s life unspooled.
10 Beloved Christmas Movie Characters Who Are Actually Terrible People
Wendell Jamieson Recommendations
“I worked with Wendell for about five years as a reporter on the Metro Desk. Echoing what others have said, Wendell’s brand of New York story — smart, amusing, often character- and dialogue-driven — set The Times's Metro report apart and inspired devoted readers. His love for good stories also made Metro an incredibly fun and exciting place to work. He welcomed ideas, and encouraged his reporters to find their voices in the digital realm (on the popular City Room blog and beyond) and in ambitious narrative features. His knowledge of New York City made him a confident editor who could approach the city with humor and insight—seeing the awesome story hidden in plain view. At the same time, when big news hit, whether it was a blizzard or a terrorist attack, there was no one better for the job. Wendell deployed his staff with energy and strategy, so that we could deliver top-notch coverage on day one, then come out with the definitive deep dive a week later, too.” - Annie Correal