David A. Plotz (born 31 January 1970) is an American journalist and former CEO of ''Atlas Obscura'', an online magazine devoted to discovery and exploration. A writer with ''Slate'' since its inception in 1996, Plotz was the online magazine's editor from June 2008 until July 2014, succeeding Jacob Weisberg. Plotz is currently the founder and CEO of the local-news podcast network, City Cast.

Early life and career

David Plotz grew up in Washington, D.C., the child of Dr. Judith Plotz, an English professor at The George Washington University, and Dr. Paul H. Plotz (b. 1937), a researcher at the National Institutes of Health. He attended Lafayette Elementary School and the St. Albans School in Washington DC. In 1992, Plotz graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. degree. While at Harvard, he wrote for ''The Harvard Crimson'' (1988—1992).


Plotz worked as a paralegal for the Department of Justice. He switched to journalism and served as a writer and senior editor for the ''Washington City Paper''. He joined ''Slate'' when it launched in 1996.


Plotz has written for ''Slate'', ''The New York Times Magazine'', ''Harper's'', ''Reader's Digest'', ''Rolling Stone'', ''New Republic'', ''The Washington Post'', ''Business Insider'', and ''GQ''. He won the National Press Club's Hume Award for Political Reporting in 2000, was a National Magazine Award finalist (for a ''Harper's'' article about South Carolina's gambling industry), and won an Online Journalism Award for a ''Slate'' piece on Enron. He appears on the weekly ''Slate Political Gabfest'' podcast with John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. He is the author of ''The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank'' (2005) about the Repository for Germinal Choice, and ''Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned when I Read Every Single Word of the Bible'' (2009), based on his "Blogging the Bible" series from Slate.com.

Personal life

Plotz was married to Hanna Rosin, a former reporter for ''The Washington Post'' and a national correspondent for ''The Atlantic''. They lived in Washington, D.C., with their three children. They have since divorced. As of 2020, Plotz lives in Washington, DC, with his three children and two cats. Plotz is Jewish.

Published works

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External links

Plotz's bio on the website for his book

Video conversations featuring Plotz
on Bloggingheads.tv
Reddit Questionnaire
(11 April 2021) *
Atlas Obscura | Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

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