Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles

Could the John Edwards Scandal Get Any Grosser?

The latest sordid details in the John Edwards saga are supplied today by Ben Smith : Edwards expected diet Cokes to be delivered into his hand, just by silently raising it. And way more weirdness: When John Edwards returned to North Carolina in the course of his long quest for the presidency, Andrew Young always met him at the airport in Edwards’s big black Chevy Tahoe. Young drove, and Edwards rode shotgun, silently raising his left hand whenever he wanted a Diet Coke, which Young would wordlessly supply. When Edwards and his family arrived home, Young had made sure there was fresh milk in the fridge, a neatly trimmed lawn and neatly folded dry cleaning. When he arranged their vacation to Disney World in 2004, he naturally booked himself a ticket. And when Edwards’s mistress became pregnant, Young — at the cost of his reputation, his wife’s and his minister father’s — stepped forward to say the child was his. Speaking of jobs , my ego just couldn't handle being a political aide. --...

Did Someone Say "Opt-out?"

The Washington Post and New York Times are having a little spat today about "opting-out." The Post ran a front-page story by Donna St. George proclaiming, "obsession with high-achieving professional mothers sidelining careers for family life is largely beside the point." The Times ' David Leonhardt jumped in to defend his colleague Lisa Belkin , author of the original, blockbuster Times Magazine feature on the "opt-out revolution." The opt-out trend is real, Leonhardt writes: The Labor Department numbers, for instance, show the percentage of women 25 to 34 in the labor force peaked at 77 percent in 1999. This percentage had risen in every decade from the 1940s through the 1990s. But it has stopped rising. It was 75 percent last month and has not been above 76 percent since 2001. If you focus on the highly educated women who have been the subject of much of the discussion, you see something similar. A paper in the American Economic Review last year by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz...

What Makes TAP Different?

If you read TAPPED, you ought to be donating or subscribing to The American Prospect . There's no such thing as a free lunch! But in case that's not enough to move you, here are five more reasons to give to TAP : 1. We let our writers tweet. 2. We started the careers of Ezra Klein , Matt Yglesias , and Josh Marshall . And by reading TAP now, you can say you knew Adam Serwer and Tim Fernholz (and me !) way back when. 3. We care about labor issues. Most newspapers and newsweeklies no longer cover organized labor. Here at TAP , our expertise and commitment are unmatched. Read Harold Meyerson , Dean Baker , and our recent special report, " Decent Work, Living Wages ." 4. We are feminist. Other publications have a women's-only blog. At TAP , we're 100 percent integrated, 100 percent of the time. 5. We take public policy seriously. We aren't Politico . When you read TAP , you actually come away with a deeper understanding of why the public option matters , the latest strategies for...

Journalism's Elitism Problem.

Journalism is a really fun job. Everyday, I get to research topics that interest me, call smart people, ask them to tell me about their ideas and beliefs, and then write up what I learn. Sure, it's stressful: There's constant deadline pressure, sort of like being a student during finals week ... forever. And if you can't write cleanly and quickly, forget it. But this job is so awesome that sometimes, I'm pretty astounded that I get paid for it at all. So it's not hugely shocking that journalism has evolved into a career with significant entry barriers, one of which is the unpaid internship. This makes the profession whiter , wealthier (in terms of family wealth; salaries remain modest), and less concerned with public policy issues that affect the poor and even the middle class. While journalism was once a career that didn't require a college degree, today it is highly elitist and dominated by graduates of selective colleges. In some fields, like political "think" journalism, the Ivy...

The Real GOP Health Care Plan: Be Rich.

At TNR , Marin Cogan has a good, short profile of Alan Grayson , the freshman Democrat from Florida who announced on the House floor yesterday that the GOP's health care plan is: "Don't get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly." He even used flashcards. Grayson seems a little unhinged here, and that's too bad -- his theatrics remind me of covering my university's student government for the campus paper. But Grayson's opinions in favor of financial regulation and in opposition to escalation in Afghanistan and Iraq are coherent and progressive. I liked Grayson's effort to recommend constitutional education for the nation's high school seniors. My slogan for the GOP health care platform would me more like this: Be rich. If you want an abortion, be rich ! If you want to avoid bankruptcy in the event of a catastrophic car accident, be rich ! -- Dana Goldstein