Bachelor, Harvard University, 1994.
Editorial assistant Random House, New York City, 1994-1995, assistant editor, 1995-1997, associate editor, 1997—1999, editor, 1999—2000, senior editor, 2000—2003. Editorial director Heinemann Random House, London, 2003—2005. Senior editor The Atlantic Monthly, Washington, 2005—2008.
Executive editor Viking Press Penguin Grp. United States of America, New York City, since 2008.
Board trustees Turquoise Mountain Foundation. Member of Council Foreign Relations (life).
Married Laird Scott Townsend Reed, October 6, 2007.