Maddie Oatman

Story Editor, Mother Jones

Maddie Oatman is a story editor at Mother Jones, a 40-year-old investigative outfit focusing on politics, environment, human rights, and culture. Maddie writes features, columns, and profiles about the environment, health, culture, immigration, and food, and their many intersections, for our bi-monthly print magazine and daily online publication. Her stories have garnered awards from the Association of Food Journalists and have been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is also a 2017 UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellow.

She also co-hosts and manages Bite, the podcast from Mother Jones for people who think hard about their food. Maddie interviews a tantalizing guest list of writers, farmers, scientists, and chefs as they uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate. She helps you digest the food news du jour, explore the politics and science of what you eat and why—and deliver plenty of tasty tidbits along the way.