Joe Hagan is a contributing editor at New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Men's Journal. He began at New York in 2006 after working as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he was part of the team that covered the Valerie Plame CIA-leak case. He spent the preceding years as a columnist for The New York Observer, working under legendary editor Peter W. Kaplan, and breaking a series of stories on Dan Rather's travails at CBS News.
Before journalism, Joe worked as a deck hand on the Victory Chimes, the circa-1900 schooner featured on the back of the Maine state quarter. He moved to New York City in 1995 to work as an intern for Rolling Stone magazine, opening Jann Wenner's mail. After a stint fact checking for Esquire magazine, Joe cut his teeth as a reporter for SmartMoney.com and for the short-lived but influential media website, Inside.com.
His first magazine feature was a profile of famed emerging markets investor, Dr. Mark Mobius [PDF], for Civilization magazine, which sent him to the jungles of Sumatra with renowned Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths. Among other milestones, Joe wrote the first profile of infamous memoirist James Frey and conducted the last interview with the late country legend Buck Owens [PDF].
Joe's story on the secret diary of Nina Simone, first published in The Believer magazine, was selected by Alex Ross of the New Yorker for publication in Da Capo Press' Best Music Writing 2011.
Joe Hagan lives in New York.
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