Jane Mayer

Staff Writer, The New Yorker and Author, Dark Money

As a New Yorker staff writer, Jane Mayer has covered politics, culture, and national security for the magazine since 1995. Previously, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Persian Gulf War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1984, she became the paper’s first female White House correspondent. She is the author of the 2016 Times best-seller Dark Money, which began as a 2010 New Yorker piece about the Koch brothers’ deep influence on conservative politics. She also wrote the 2008 Times best-seller The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, which was named one of the top 10 works of journalism of the decade by N.Y.U.’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She is the co-author, with Jill Abramson, of Strange Justice, and, with Doyle McManus, of Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984-1988.

In 2009, Mayer was chosen as Princeton University’s Ferris Professor of Journalism. Her numerous honors include the John Chancellor Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and, most recently, the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence.

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Dark Money and The US Chemical Safety Board

In her book “Dark Money: the Hidden History Behind the Rise of the Radical Right,” New Yorker writer Jane Mayer exposes the powerful group of individuals who bankroll our political system. Mayer traces the billions of dollars spent by the Kochs, the Mercers, and other wealthy conservative activists to influence policies related to climate change, the economy and more. And as the Trump administration rolls back regulations, the head of the US Chemical Safety Board, Vanessa Sutherland, wonders how much these billionaires will succeed in weakening government oversight of their business.