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
Exactly how addictive are party drugs? (The Debrief)
What does it actually feel like to take DMT? (The Debrief)
MUSIC AND NIGHTLIFE
What Europe's 'night mayors' can teach New York (The New York Times)
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)
Can you treat anxiety with YouTube videos? (The Guardian)
Using social media to prevent suicide (The Atlantic)
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)
How gender became the defining issue of the US election (The Debrief)
The complete guide to surviving long-haul flights (The Atlantic)