Anna Codrea-Rado is a freelance journalist who written for international titles including the New York Times, the Guardian, VICE, the Paris Review, New York Magazine, WIRED, Quartz, the Atlantic, the BBC and others.
Anna writes about culture and technology and where the two intersect. She’s written about how nightclubs became museum pieces; a new breed of transparent influencers; and the agony and ecstasy of building an online music business. She’s also an experienced interviewer, having written profiles on the avant-garde musician Nils Frahm, the late Romanian abstract artist Geta Bratescu, as well as her own grandfather. Her writing portfolio is here.
Each week Anna sends out a newsletter, The Professional Freelancer, about how she makes a career out of freelance writing. She is the founder of FJ&Co, a platform for freelance journalists which gives them the tools, resources and community support they need to make a sustainable self-employed living. In 2019, she launched the #FairPayForFreelancers campaign, calling for fairer pay conditions for freelance journalists and was shortlisted for a National Press Award for her work with FJ&Co.
Before going freelance, Anna worked at VICE as the news editor of the now-shuttered electronic music and culture channel, THUMP. Before that, she was on staff at the Guardian for three years, in both the US and London offices.
A graduate of Durham University and Columbia Journalism School, in 2012 Anna was Columbia's first Tow Center digital media fellow.
In 2015 Anna was an International Reporting Project fellow to Nepal. The trip was cut short by the earthquake, which she covered for the Guardian and Observer.