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

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.

Fighting a Fake Dating Profile, Together

Fighting a Fake Dating Profile, Together
nytimes.com — He was struck by how kind she was to all who buzzed about her, and returned twice more, observing her from afar, before he finally struck up a conversation after the third class. It revolved around gut bacteria, and they continued talking about it as they stepped out onto the sidewalk on 57th Street and Lexington.

Later, not sooner

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

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?"

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.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: A Sendak Museum

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.

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

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"

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

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.

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

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."

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

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?
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May 04, 2016

Check out the roster behind new play, Crude, by Jordan Jaffe opening tomorrow blacklabtheatre2.weebly.com/uploads/7/7/7/…

May 04, 2016

Here's a sneak peek at the roster behind a new play, "Crude," by a hot up-and-comer, Jordan Jaffe. Show opens... fb.me/75UbdW48m

May 03, 2016

A lawsuit alleging sex-abuse by a New Haven rabbi is filed. A community grieves, & The @New@newhavenindyon the... httpfb.me/16eWvDkBF

May 03, 2016

A lawsuit alleging sex-abuse by a New Haven rabbi is filed. A community grieves, & The @New@newhavenindyon the case. httpnewhavenindependent.org/index.php/arch…

Apr 30, 2016

"Inside @AmyShumer" takes its name quite literally with new video that horrifies, as it amuses. Dig the quill pens cc.com/video-clips/nx…

Apr 30, 2016

@schmidtea, Wishbone looks great, but I have a question about it. Might I trouble you for an email? Thanks, Alison (stillcowan@gmail.com)

Apr 22, 2016

Adam Lanza's former psychiatrist arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting former patient, acc to @Courant fw.to/w4CQ4zE

Apr 21, 2016

@emhcohen, just for the record, I was not on this year's list - last I looked. Sorry for any confusion. Alison

Apr 20, 2016

‘Why are you so smelly?’ Harvard student leader asks Livni toi.sr/1VBkwWO via @TimesofIsrael


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