Anna Codrea-Rado


Hi there, I’m Anna Codrea-Rado. I'm a freelance journalist who covers youth culture, electronic music, mental health and social justice. In the ten years I’ve worked as a journalist, I’ve written extensively on these subjects for the Guardian, The New York Times, VICE, Quartz, the Atlantic, the Debrief and others. 

I write about many things to do with youth culture, but in particular I focus on drugs and harm reduction. In 2017 I moderated a panel at SXSW about what music festivals can do to prevent drug deaths. 

My writing portfolio is here.

I used to work at VICE as the news editor of the now-shuttered electronic music and culture channel, THUMP. Before that, I was on staff at the Guardian for three years, in both the US office and in my hometown of London. I am currently based in London. 

I'm a graduate of Durham University and Columbia Journalism School. In 2012, I was Columbia's first Tow Center digital media fellow.

In 2015 I was an International Reporting Project fellow to Nepal. Our trip was cut short by the earthquake, which I covered for the Guardian and Observer.




drugs and harm reduction

How do we stop drug deaths at festivals? (VICE)

Exactly how addictive are party drugs? (The Debrief)

My brother died after taking ecstasy but I’m still campaigning to reopen fabric (VICE)

When drugs fuck you up forever (VICE)

Everything you ever wanted to know about microdosing (VICE)

Stop calling ecstasy-related deaths overdoses (VICE)

GHB: An explainer on the most stigmatized club drug (VICE)

Here’s everything you need to know about ketamine (VICE)

What does it actually feel like to take DMT? (The Debrief)


What Europe's 'night mayors' can teach New York (The New York Times)

The story of NYC's biggest music venue that almost never happened (VICE)

The agony and ecstasy of building an online music business (New York Magazine)

Pharrell Williams "takes a knee" as artists join anthem protest (New York Times)

Hip-hop takes on climate change: artists drive the beat for environmental justice (The Guardian)

The Grammys' Electronic Music Awards Came So Close to Being Great this Year—What Happened? (VICE)

A Timeline of Christopher Street, New York LGBTQ Nightlife's Most Storied Thoroughfare (VICE)

The Little Known Story of Pulse, an Orlando Nightclub Founded on Love (VICE)

Stop Confusing EDM With All Electronic Music, Already (VICE)

I Threw a Music Festival in My Backyard and My House Burned Down (VICE)

Bonobo’s New Album ‘Migration’ Is About How Bittersweet it is to Live Abroad (VICE)

Let's move the Time Warp again: how a techno festival fell foul of New York's gentrification war (The Guardian)

An Ode to the Easter Bank Holiday, the Greatest Partying Weekend of the Year (VICE)

Digital love: how DJs are using apps to give EDM a second life (The Guardian)


'I'm a rabbit girl': the woman accused of hoarding bunnies in Brooklyn (The Guardian)

Can you treat anxiety with YouTube videos? (The Guardian)

Using social media to prevent suicide (The Atlantic)


Why you should adopt a senior dog this November (The Awl)

Science confirms: dogs understand us. But do we get them too? (The Guardian)


'My belly is there, I'm still strong': Jessamyn Stanley on body-positive yoga (The Guardian)

Are tattoo artists right to refuse to adorn necks and hands? (The Guardian)

Cereal out of a shoebox: New York's latest food trend (The Guardian)

Could this thermometer overtake the pill as our go-to contraception? (The Debrief)

How gender became the defining issue of the US election (The Debrief) 


Sex offenders registry may put man back in prison for offence committed as child (The Guardian)

Leave our kids alone: parents of free-range children bemoan ‘land of snitches’ (The Guardian)

All the Times in American History That Authorities Tried to Stop People From Dancing (VICE)

A festival of Romanian film wrestles with political instability back home, and emerges anew (POLITICO)

Did an Alleged Sexual Assault Shut Down This Beloved London Venue, or is City Planning to Blame? (VICE

Workplace culture

How to procrastinate at work: a complete (research-based!) guide (The Atlantic)

The complete guide to surviving long-haul flights (The Atlantic)

Until the 1990s, companies didn’t have “business models” (Quartz)

How to get better at email: What science tells us (Quartz)

How Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and other business chiefs hold ruthlessly effective meetings (Quartz)

Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick (Quartz)

The comprehensive, fully caffeinated guide to coffee at work (Quartz)






Do you want to commission me? Ask me about working together? Send me a picture of your dog? Get in touch!   

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