Claudine Ko writes about popular culture for print, television and online media. She’s taken notes back-of-house at Le Bernardin from chef Eric Ripert, talked sex and money with playwright Edward Albee, and sat along the runways of Paris and New York Fashion Week. She’s been journalistically embedded among tree houses in Northern California, surfer girls on the North Shore, Club Med workers in Turks & Caicos, flight attendants in the U.K., Peace Corps in Peru, street racers in California, and competitive eaters in Chattanooga, TN. She wrote that American Apparel story during her tenure as a staff writer and editor for Jane magazine. She also worked at the PBS series Nova and can explain how to synthesize an anabolic steroid from a Mexican yam. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York, Vice, New York Post, Men’s Health, The Believer, Budget Travel, Food Network Magazine, Country Living, Nylon, The Paris Review Daily, Seventeen, The Village Voice, Giant Robot, Interview, Esquire, SuperScience and many others. She coauthored clothing designer Kenneth Cole’s Awearness: Inspiring Stories About How to Make a Difference (2008, Melcher Media/DK Publishing).