Ana Marie Cox

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Ana Marie Cox : biography

23 September 1972 –

Ana Marie Cox (born 23 September 1972) is an American author and blogger. The founding editor of the political blog Wonkette, she is currently the Washington correspondent for GQ and is lead blogger on US politics for The Guardian. She previously worked at Air America Media.

Personal life

Cox was married to Chris Lehmann, formerly of The Washington Post, New York, and Congressional Quarterly. They divorced sometime in 2011.

In 2009 on an Amtrak train from New York to Washington Cox had a severe allergic reaction after eating a lentil salad. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren saw her choking and came to her aid with Benadryl, after which Cox recovered. Cox later personally thanked Van Susteren for saving her life.

Early life

Cox was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended high school at Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she wrote for the school’s newspaper, The Clarion. She graduated from the University of Chicago with an AB in History in 1994. She began graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was studying American history, but left school and instead became an editorial assistant at the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf.



Cox was an editor of the progressive online magazine Bad Subjects. Later, she was an executive editor of, where she wrote under the pen name Ann O’Tate (wordplay on annotate).

In 2004, Cox became the founding editor of the political blog Wonkette. Under her tenure, Wonkette was a sportive commentary on Capitol Hill Washington politics, as well as more serious matters of politics and policy. Cox and Wonkette gained notoriety in the political world for publicizing the story of Jessica Cutler, also known as "Washingtonienne", a staff assistant to Senator Mike DeWine (R.-Ohio) who accepted money from a George W. Bush administration official and others in exchange for sexual favors. On January 5, 2006, Cox officially announced her retirement as the blog’s editor and her imminent transition to "Wonkette Emerita".

Cox’s novel Dog Days, a satire of Washington D.C. life for which she was reportedly paid $250,000, was published on January 6, 2006. On July 27, 2006, Cox was named the Washington editor of, where she also wrote The Ana Log.

On 12 April 2007 Cox claimed on Time magazine’s website that she agreed to appear on the Don Imus radio show despite the show’s history of racially and sexually charged content because she wanted to be considered part of the media elite. Cox wrote: "I’m embarrassed to admit that it took Imus’ saying something so devastatingly crass to make me realize that there just was no reason beyond ego to play along. I did the show almost solely to earn my media-elite merit badge." Cox announced on 5 December 2008 that she would no longer be contributing to the Time magazine’s Swampland blog.

On 19 January 2009 Cox debuted on Air America Media as their first Washington-based national correspondent. She was a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show, and guest-hosted the show in Maddow’s absence on 4 September 2009. In 2009 Cox also became a contributing editor for Playboy.

The 17 February 2010 episode of ABC’s "Top Line" webcast announced that Cox had become the Washington correspondent for GQ magazine. Since September 26, 2011, she has worked as a blogger for The Guardian.

On September 26, 2012, book publisher Penguin Group sued Cox for the return of a $81,250 advance and $50,000 in interest, payment for a humorous book Cox agreed in 2006 to produce and never provided to the publisher. Penguin cancelled the book in 2007 when Cox did not forward a manuscript.Gregorian, Dareh. , New York Post, September 27, 2012.