Maegan Carberry has worked in media and politics for more than 10 years as a journalist, analyst, strategist and college lecturer. Presently she is Viral Curator of Upworthy, a start-up from veterans of Facebook, MoveOn.org, The Onion, and other top leaders in the industry.
Building off of her first gig as a Chicago Tribune reporter and columnist, Maegan later became Arianna Huffington’s Chief of Staff and then went on to work as an independent journalist and web entrepreneur, where she co-founded a thriving women’s lifestyle social network called TruuConfessions. Inspired by the historic 2008 presidential election, she became Rock the Vote’s Communications Director during the 2010 midterm elections. She also helped launch the organization’s high school civics program, Democracy Class, and fought against restrictive laws around the country that would make voter registration harder for young Americans.
As a columnist, blogger and analyst, Maegan has covered the 2008 presidential election from Iowa to Inauguration, the evolution of the media business, and the role of digital movements in 21st century politics. She is the creator and co-host of Variety’s weekly podcast, Wilshire & Washington, appears as a frequent guest on FOX Business News, and has been quoted in outlets like CNN, The New Yorker, U.S. News & World Report, and the Atlantic Wire. She’s interviewed everyone from cultural icons like Jennifer Lopez and Hugh Hefner to President Barack Obama. She’s guest lectured for student groups at UCLA, USC, Occidental, Northwestern, Hamilton college and The Washington Center.
Maegan has a master’s degree in journalism and media management from Northwestern University, where she won the school’s highest honor, the Harrington Award for professional excellence. As an undergraduate she studied political science and English at UCLA, where she was a proud member of the Daily Bruin opinion page staff.
Maegan believes strongly in empowering her peers now to build the future they’ll inherit. She is a co-founder of the dot2dot leadership network.