Taffy Brodesser-Akner

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Born Stephanie Akner
1975/1976 (age 42–43)
New York, New York
Occupation Journalist
Claude Brodesser-Akner (m. 2006)
Children 2

Taffy Brodesser-Akner (born Stephanie Akner) is an American journalist. She has worked freelance and as a contributor for GQ and The New York Times, where she is now a staff writer. Her profiles of celebrities have won her the New York Press Club Award and Mirror Award.

Personal life[edit]

Born Stephanie Akner, Brodesser-Akner received the nickname "Taffy" at a young age and continued using it professionally.[1] She grew up in Brooklyn, New York,[2] in an Orthodox Jewish household.[3]

She attended New York University and married Claude Brodesser in 2006.[2] Brodesser converted to Judaism,[2] and eventually grew more observant than her.[4] After their marriage, both took hyphenated last names.[1] They have two children.[5]


Brodesser-Akner was laid off from her first major journalism job at Soap Opera Weekly on June 5, 2001[6]. She previously worked for Mediabistro[7] and has written freelance for magazines including ESPN The Magazine, GQ, and Texas Monthly. The Columbia Journalism Review called her "one of the nation's most successful freelance writers".[8] Her freelance articles often focused on celebrity profiles, several of which went viral.[9] In 2014, she became a contributing writer to both The New York Times and GQ.[7] In 2017, she became a full-time staff writer for The New York Times.[9]

In 2014, Brodesser-Akner won a New York Press Club Award for entertainment news in a magazine for her story about actress Gaby Hoffmann.[10] She won two New York Press Club awards in 2015, for her profiles of Damon Lindelof and Britney Spears.[11] The same year, Brodesser-Akner was nominated for a Mirror Award for her profile of activist Jill Soloway,[12] and she won the award in 2016 for her profile of broadcaster Don Lemon.[13]


  1. ^ a b Brodesser-Akner, Taffy (2013-07-30). "If Your Name Isn't Jolie-Pitt or Beyoncé Knowles-Carter: To Hyphenate or Ditch the Dash?". Vogue. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b c Brown, Janelle (2006-04-06). "Taffy Akner and Claude Brodesser". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  3. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Taffy (2017-03-30). "The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  4. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Taffy (2010-05-27). "Intermarried: My Husband, a Convert, Is More Observant Than I Am". Tablet. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  5. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Taffy (July 25, 2018). "How Goop's Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow's Company Worth $250 Million". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2018. 
  6. ^ Small, Jonathan (November 13, 2017). "Ep. 9 — New York Times Culture Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner On Celebrity Profiles, Personal Essays, and Her Bizarre Brush with British Tabloid Fame from Write About Now". www.WriteAboutNow.com. Retrieved 2018-08-01. 
  7. ^ a b Horgan, Richard (2014-10-22). "Taffy Brodesser-Akner Makes a Splash With GQ Feature Debut". Adweek. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  8. ^ Croatto, Pete (2017-10-27). "The most annoying thing an editor can do". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  9. ^ a b Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (2017-06-28). "New York Times Adds Feature Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner to Staff". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  10. ^ O'Shea, Chris (2014-06-04). "NY Press Club Award Winners Announced". Adweek. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  11. ^ "The New York Press Club Journalism Awards". New York Press Club. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  12. ^ O'Shea, Chris (2015-04-15). "2015 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced". Adweek. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  13. ^ O'Shea, Chris (2016-06-09). "Mirror Award Winners Announced". Adweek. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 

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