Monica Drake is an assistant managing editor for The New York times, overseeing special editorial, digital and other initiatives.
Her portfolio includes integrating The Times’s journalism on emerging platforms like smart speakers, integrating new technology into storytelling, and launching and overseeing editorial projects that span many desks. She also oversees Past Tense, an archival story team, and the editorial team that is launching Parenting this year.
Monica had been a senior editor who managed Travel and worked on strategic projects. As Travel editor, she reimagined the annual destination list of places to go into the 52 Places multimedia feature that sends one reporter around the world, and she started Surfacing, a cross-platform column focused on subcultures around the world. Monica has worked on the Metro Desk, Weekend Arts and Arts & Leisure. During her tenure as Travel editor, the section was awarded the best newspaper travel section by the Society of American Travel Writers, received an award from the Society of News Design, and works she published were included in the “Best American Travel Writing” anthology.
She started at The Times as an intern in 1998, and was promoted to copy editor in 2001. She is a graduate of Columbia’s journalism school and Yale University. She is from Yellow Springs, Ohio, and insists that it is one of the best places in the world to visit.