Began in '83 as copygirl. A thousand bylines later, I’m off for new vistas, up for new (ad)ventures. Big ideas? Still here. Still hungry. Stillcowan@gmail.com

Alison Leigh Cowan's Biography

Reporter and Editor, with proven financial prowess, flair for research and 27 years of experience just at the NYT in daily and investigative journalism, hard news and features. Seeking job that will put expert research and reporting skills to use for a good end. Unafraid of hard work or long hours.

Since 2003, I had been working for the Metro desk, as a domestic correspondent covering Connecticut and as a ...

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How to Pitch Alison Leigh Cowan

Thoughtfully. If someone is going to pitch an idea my way, the idea should be tailored to me, based on stories I have written before. Email is preferred. (Please do not call to ask if I got the pitch. You will just be hampering my ability to respond promptly.) Also, please no texting and no emoji.

Later, not sooner

arkansasonline.com — The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of this small town, in a rambling shingle house where Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.

Later, not sooner

nwaonline.com — The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of this small town, in a rambling shingle house where Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.

Save this for Volume II of "What Do You Say, Dear?"

linkedin.com — In every decent project, there are often the things you learn along the way that make the entire effort worth it, even if they do not all make it into the, ahem, 1200-word story.
Jan 26, 2016

Save this encounter with famous author for Vol II of "What Do You Say, Dear?" Sendak's book on manners, on @LinkedIn linkedin.com/pulse/save-vol…

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: A Sendak Museum

nytimes.com — RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of this small town, in a rambling shingle house where Mr. Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.
Jan 25, 2016

NYT's @RandyKennedy3 & I Go to Connecticut, Where the Wild Things Aren’t, Looking for that #Sendak Museum nyti.ms/1OKRQ7B

Jan 25, 2016

RT @cowannyt: NYT's @RandyKennedy3 & I Go to Connecticut, Where the Wild Things Aren’t, Looking for that #Sendak Museum https://t.co/0NEsSs…

Jan 25, 2016

Psst! Can't bear waiting for #Sendak's return? @PortlandOpera is doing his Magic Flute 5/6 nyti.ms/1OKRQ7B pic.twitter.com/ynB2FPzJuv

Jan 25, 2016

Sendak's lush ideas for Mozart's MagicFlute coming to life again in Michael Hagen's studio nyti.ms/1OKRQ7B pic.twitter.com/vzxSxLXabx

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The Paper Trail of Jerry Seinfeld Leads Back to Ellis Island and Beyond

nytimes.com — Jerry Seinfeld is New York royalty because he has the elements of street cred: a degree from Queens College, a history as a Mets fan, a television show set on the Upper West Side and, as it turns out, quintessential New York roots.

Lessons on "How to be a Grown-Up"

linkedin.com — Looking for a practical, last-minute holiday gift for that young adult in your life, a new grad or for yourself? Here's a thought: Now you can give "me." I am pleased to announce that the New York Times' new education venture has included my course on "How to be a Grown-Up" in its catalogue for 2016.

The Forgotten Historical Heroine Who'd Be Perfect for the New $10 Bill

huffingtonpost.com — Jacob Lew's timing could not have been worse. In June, the Treasury Secretary declared that Alexander Hamilton, the founding father who created his agency, would have to yield his prime spot on the $10 bill to make way for a new bill designed to thwart counterfeiting and champion women.
Dec 07, 2015

The Forgotten Historical Heroine Who'd Be Perfect For The New $10 Bill huffingtonpost.com/alison-leigh-c… via @HuffPostWomen

Dec 07, 2015

The story of a woman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the US war of independence: huffingtonpost.com/alison-leigh-c… by @cowannyt

Dec 07, 2015

A forgotten Revolutionary War heroine might be perfect woman for the new $10 bill. @cowannyt huffingtonpost.com/alison-leigh-c… via @HuffPostWomen

Dec 07, 2015

@Lin_Manuel, Meet the 1 woman with the thunder/Who could save this official from his blunder/And her name is Robert huff.to/1TTbHTR

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Jessica Hershberg and Santino Fontana: A Real-Life Fairy Tale

nytimes.com — The parents of Jessica Hershberg have seen her in a wedding dress more times than they can count. As an actress who is always a bride, never a bridesmaid, she has gone onstage as a singing mail-order bride in the comedy musical "Idaho!," as a preacher's daughter in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and as a bride with cold feet in "It Shoulda Been You."
Oct 01, 2015

My latest dispatch for the NYT: She was Cinderella on Bway. He was the Prince. Now they're Mr & Mrs Fontana, for real nyti.ms/1KQ7FrM

Oct 01, 2015

Jess Hershberg has worn wedding dresses more times than she can count. This time was for real nyti.ms/1KQ7FrM pic.twitter.com/qslgYgzE8p

Oct 02, 2015

Much like with-it prince he played, groom vowed to protect except when bride preferred he not nyti.ms/1KQ7FrM pic.twitter.com/jBzXv890v2

Gabrielle Karol and Benjamin Jacobs: After Years of Breakup Regret, He Wins Back the One

nytimes.com — Stubble makes an odd accessory on any well-dressed groom. But there was Benjamin Jacobs, debonair in his tuxedo, with enough blond fuzz on his cheeks to look as if he had forgotten to shave. Was the scruffy look a nod to the groom's surfer roots or to his gig as the chief executive of Whistle Labs, a San Francisco start-up?
Jul 24, 2015

Gabrielle Karol and Benjamin Jacobs: After Years of Breakup Regret, He Wins Back the One nyti.ms/1Isarp5

Jul 24, 2015

Most beautiful wedding announcement for two dear friends @gabriellekarol and Ben Jacobs of @WhistleLabs #SOMUCHLOVE nytimes.com/2015/07/26/fas…

Jul 25, 2015

The bride wore white. Groom & dog wore scruff. My story in NYT on sweet 2d-chance love story nyti.ms/1I0Cbvr pic.twitter.com/hSyuX3TLd0

Jul 25, 2015

Their 1st date @Yale was sharing peach rings from Gourmet Heaven. (Is this a thing, #Yalies?) nyti.ms/1I0Cbvr pic.twitter.com/U9YS2RJI72

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Seinfeld's Back Story, About Something

cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com — Jerry Seinfeld is New York royalty because he has all the elements of street cred: a degree from Queens College, a history as a Mets fan, a television show set in the bedrock of the Upper West Side and, as it turns out, quintessential New York roots.
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Feb 12, 2016

Yes, where is @iamjohnoliver when you need him? @NickKristof has already weighed in -- and Utah did it anyway. twitter.com/DdotSam/status…

Feb 12, 2016

Retweeted Shawn McGowan (@NotShawnMcGowan): @cowannyt @POTUS if you like your new no-selfie policy you can keep your new no-selfie policy.

Feb 12, 2016

RT @NotShawnMcGowan: @cowannyt @POTUS if you like your new no-selfie policy you can keep your new no-selfie policy.

Feb 12, 2016

Hope you got to vet claim that he was a "seductive villain" as part of your, ahem, fact-checking, @MSullivanDawson! twitter.com/msullivandawso…

Feb 12, 2016

So, what happened to @POTUS's new no-selfie policy? for.tn/1Rthuko Selfies for some, but not others? twitter.com/TheEllenShow/s…

Feb 12, 2016

Still time to sign up for my online course @NYTimes on "How 2B a Grown-Up." You'll find more about it here, along... fb.me/4nhIdHlk4

Feb 12, 2016

Where's @IamJohnOliver when you need him? All-male panel in Utah votes to keep sales tax on tampons (and diapers) abcn.ws/1TRK4fK

Feb 11, 2016

4 those who insist on knowing my credentials bef taking "How 2B a GrownUp," guy @left taught me most of what I know pic.twitter.com/i3iI2upJX4

Feb 11, 2016

Read Tolstoy in Russian but insurance scares you? My "How 2B a GrownUp" @NYTimes can help U2 bit.ly/1WhbdYl pic.twitter.com/BhMUxNFkzk


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