Julia Ioffe, Freelance Correspondent – The New Yorker

Once a lowly fact-checker at The New Yorker, Ms. Ioffe, who is something of an expert on things Russian (we hear David Remnick also has a passing interest in that country), has graduated to contributor to the magazine. In addition she has written for other smart-people pubs like Foreign Policy, The New Republic and The New York Observer. (Side note, she has what is possibly the best-designed personal website).