Janet Reitman is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 2011).
As a Rolling Stone writer, she spent almost a year reporting her National Magazine Award-nominated story, ”Inside Scientology,” published in March 2006, that provided the genesis for her book. Reitman also covered the war in Iraq for Rolling Stone and has reported on a wide range of other topics, including: the failure of the US and international relief efforts in post-earthquake Haiti; the Duke lacrosse scandal; the death of American aid worker Marla Ruzicka in Baghdad; and the national childhood obesity crisis. She has also reported extensively in Africa, profiling Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and covering conflicts in Sudan and Sierra Leone.
In addition to Rolling Stone, Reitman’s work has appeared in GQ, Men’s Journal, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and Salon among other publications. She has also appeared on National Public Radio, Anderson Cooper 360, and Countdown with Keith Olberman.
She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and was a 2000 fellow at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. She and journalist L. Christopher Smith live in Brooklyn, NY, with their French sheepdog, Bode.