Alexis Gelber

Adjunct Professor, NYU


Alexis Gelber is an award-winning editor and journalist with experience in digital and print media. A longtime top editor at Newsweek, and founding Books Editor of The Daily Beast, Gelber has been an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute since 2010. She also hosts a lecture series on innovations in international journalism for NYU’s Center for Global Affairs.

At Newsweek, Gelber supervised award-winning coverage of politics, social issues and international news as the magazine’s National Affairs Editor, Assistant Managing Editor, and as the Managing Editor of Newsweek International. As Director of Special Projects, she created special issues, entrepreneurial projects, and events about health, technology, and leadership. In 2004 and 2008 Gelber edited Newsweek’s Special Presidential Election Project, behind-the-scenes accounts of the election campaigns. Both were published as books by PublicAffairs, and the 2004 election project won a National Magazine Award.

At The Daily Beast, Gelber launched the site’s section of book reviews and excerpts, interviews, and photo galleries. In Spring 2011, she was a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Policy, where she published a research paper on women politicians and social media, “Digital Divas: Women, Politics and the Social Network.”

Gelber was the Editorial Director of The Human Face of Big Data, a book and multimedia project, published in December 2012; and the editor ofZoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career, a book based on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 series on young business leaders and entrepreneurs, published in September 2013. She was also Executive Producer of The Paley Center for Media’s 2013 International Council Summit, “The Data Overthrow,” about how Big Data is transforming the media world. Speakers at the event included Eric Schmidt, Nate Silver, Julie Brill, Chris Hughes, Jonah Peretti, and Megan Liberman.

Gelber is a former president of the Overseas Press Club of America, and is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.