About Me

I am a journalist in Seattle covering city politics, housing policy, homelessness, criminal justice reform and much more for Crosscut, a nonprofit news outlet.

Though my work often centers on deeply wonky issues, I have a knack for finding the very human stories within them and reporting in a clear way that helps people grasp what’s at stake (and maybe even care). I have written for The Guardian, The Nation, Shelterforce Magazine, Next City, CityLab, Pacific Standard Magazine, Vice, Yes! Magazine and others.

In 2010, I founded The Bicycle Story, an online journal exploring the people of
bicycling through interviews with adventurers, advocates, racers, bike builders, industry insiders and more. In 2015, I launched The Bicycle Story Podcast.

I contributed two chapters to Cycling Sojourner Washington, a guidebook to self-supported bike touring in Washington State.

Interested in working together? Have a question for me? Email me. Or find me on Twitter @jcohenwrites.