Jonathan Chait joined New York magazine as a columnist in September 2011. Chait contributes lead pieces of political commentary to nymag.com daily, along with a regular column on national politics and longer form pieces for the print magazine. Chait had previously been a staff writer at The New Republic since 1996, writing their signature TRB column since 2007, and running his own eponymous blog on their site since 2010. He is an influential voice on politics and policy; the winner of The Week’s “opinion award” for columnist of the year in 2010; and a 2009 National Magazine Award finalist for columns and commentary. He is the author of the The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America, and has been a guest on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and WNYC, among other outlets.