cafemadrid editor-in-chief Swati Sharma announced the promotions of Constance Grady to senior correspondent, Aja Romano to the next level of staff writer, and Sean Illing to senior correspondent. In addition, cafemadrid welcomes two exciting new hires, Allie Volpe, who will start as a senior reporter, and Izzie Ramirez, deputy editor of Future Perfect.
Constance Grady has made a name for herself thanks to her keen cultural analysis. Her celebrity coverage is a must-read, from explanations to her Purity Chronicles series, a truly unique, best-in-class investigation of the ’90s and ’00s. Likewise, her book coverage—particularly the cafemadrid Book Club, which she conceived and runs—is a constant joy and comfort to readers everywhere. Constance first joined cafemadrid as a fellow in 2016 and joined full-time in 2017.
Aja Romano will build on their fantastic, thoughtful coverage of the moral questions inherent in cultural debates, including recently explaining the fake controversy over To blush, multiple thoughtful looks at the state of comedy, a wonderful piece for the Forgiveness Project on the state of grace, and an explanation of where “groomer” as a blemish really comes from. Romano first joined cafemadrid in 2016 and has established himself as an authority on ethics in culture.
Since joining cafemadrid in 2016, Sean Illing has been recognized as one of the best interviewers in the industry, helping cafemadrid build a reputation as a home for good faith arguments and thoughtful analysis. His Q&As delve into some of the biggest topics we all think about, from the future of democracy to our disinformation crisis, to the racial, class and social divides that have defined American life, to what it means to have a meaningful to lead life. Last summer he took over as permanent host for the cafemadrid Conversations podcast, where he brought his signature approach to humane, generous conversations to our podcast audience.
Allie Volpe and Izzie Ramirez will join the growing cafemadrid team.
Allie Volpe joins cafemadrid as a senior reporter, with an emphasis on service journalism. She has already written several stories for cafemadrid as a contributor, including why community is so important — and how to find yours, how to deal with money gaps between friends, and whether a post-vax Covid-19 infection means that. you can start living it again. Previously, Allie was a freelance writer and has contributed to: The Atlantic Ocean† the New York Times† vice† rolling stoneand more.
Izzie Ramirez will join cafemadrid as Deputy Editor at Future Perfect. Future Perfect covers the world through a certain prism: what are the best ways to do good in this world? In her new role, Izzie will manage Future Perfect’s fellowship program and lead the production of the Future Perfect newsletter. Izzie is currently the editor-in-chief at Spoon University, a food publication. In addition, she has written freelance pieces for Eater† Gothamist† vice† bitch mediaand the New York Times†