Andrea Thompson

Writer & editor




My journalism and critical writing have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Outside, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others.  I Am Because You Are, co-authored with Jacob Lief, was published by Rodale in May 2015. I've also published a wide range of ghostwriting, including personal essays, travel writing, business writing, and op-eds. 


At The New Yorker, I edited writers including Jerome Groopman, Patrick Radden Keefe, and Connie Bruck, and directed the magazine's restaurant review coverage. As a freelance editor, my projects have included developmental editing on non-fiction books, white papers for a major national non-profit, a fitness and adventure website, promotional material for a non-profit organization, and marketing and investor relations material for financial and real estate firms. 



Writing - Magazines, Newspapers, Online


Criticism and reporting 

My book reviews have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, Outside, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. I also edited and wrote Tables for Two, the restaurant review section of The New Yorker

I've also written entrepreneur profiles and marketing content for an emerging-technology incubator. 


As a ghostwriter, I've helped authors produce and publish op-eds, business writing, memoirs, travelogues, sportswriting, motivational and self-help essays, and personal blog posts.




I am because you are

My collaboration with Jacob Lief was published in May 2015 by Rodale. 

"In 1998, Jacob Lief, a 21-year-old American university student, met school teacher Malizole “Banks” Gwaxula in a township tavern in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After bonding over beers and a shared passion for education, Gwaxula invited Lief to live with him in the township. Inspired by their fortuitous meeting—which brought together two men separated by race, nationality, and age—and by the spirit of ubuntu, roughly translated as “I am because you are,” the two men embarked on an unexpectedly profound journey.

Their vision? To provide vulnerable children in township with what every child deserves—everything. .

Today, their organization, Ubuntu Education Fund, is upending the conventional wisdom about how to break the cycle of poverty. Shunning traditional development models, Ubuntu redefined the concept of scale, focusing on how deeply it can impact each child’s life rather than how many it can reach. From pregnant mothers to students heading to university, Ubuntu provides everything each child needs and deserves, from cradle to career. Their child-centered approach reminds us that one’s birthplace should not determine one’s future.

I Am Because You Are offers an unflinching portrayal of the rewards and challenges of the nonprofit world while setting forth a bold vision for a new model of development."

Lief’s straightforward yet moving work delineates step by step how their initial good intentions became a powerful tool for transforming young lives.
— Kirkus Review



I've worked on the editorial staff of both Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. At The New Yorker, I edited pieces on international crime, medicine and health, finance, technology, and politics, as well as personal essays and restaurant reviews. As a freelance editor, I've worked on book-length manuscripts, overseen the content of a fitness and lifestyle blog, and provided detailed line-editing for materials ranging from personal essays to manuscripts.



I've worked for both non-profit and for-profit businesses, editing and managing the graphic design of white papers, and editing annual reports, letters to investors, and marketing materials.