Ana Marie Cox
A rockstar storyteller—and a storyteller for rockstars—the most powerful story she tells is her own.
Ana Marie Cox’s career in journalism led her from high-powered cocktail meetings in Washington D.C. to writing for the pages of The New York Times to heading up the political division of MTV News…telling the stories of politicians, musicians and activists along the way. But the story Ana was personally living—filled with addiction and divorce and attempted suicide—was one she wasn’t at all ready to tell.
“I had been an enthusiastic drinker for many years. I also have bi-polar disorder. And alcohol and addiction are a disease that only gets worse: progressive, chronic, and fatal. And I wound up having a few suicide attempts, and the last one was kind of close.
When I went to rehab, I went to rehab in Pennsylvania, and I didn’t go back (to Washington DC). My husband I were almost apart at the time that I went to rehab, and rehab gave us both the opportunity to decide that it really wasn’t working. So by the time I got to the end of my four months, there was no reason for me to go back to DC. And lots of reason for me to leave. So, I did.”
Ana Marie Cox is political columnist and culture critic, who was formerly the Senior Political Correspondent for MTV News. She has also worked as a journalist for The New York Times, GQ, Time, and many others. Ana is currently the host of the open, funny, in-depth podcast about the many things that divide us called “With Friends Like These.” She also has well north of a million Twitter followers.