Meet the PopEater Staff

Meet Team PopEater, dedicated to delivering our faithful readers every must-read celebrity and entertainment story bubbling up across the Web, along with exclusive news and interviews, jawdropping videos and amazing photos from our beloved magazine partners. Thanks for reading and get us on the go: Friend Us on Facebook | Follow Us on Twitter | Download Our iPhone App


Jason Kaufman

General Manager/Editor in Chief

Before PE, I Was At: Entertainment Weekly, Us, MSN Sidewalk
Nicest Star I Ever Interviewed: Henry Winkler
Favorite Recent PE Story: Count Down the Top Stories of 2010 ... So Far
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Tom Cruise's Oprah Appearance
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Stern, Paul Reubens

Marc Schneider

Executive News Editor

Before PE, I Was At: Aol News, Record Labels, Non-Profit Orgs
Nicest Star I Ever Interviewed: Ken Jeong
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: The Bimbo Summit of 2006
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Stephen Colbert, Willie Nelson

Denise Warner

Senior Editor

Before PE, I Was At: ABC Primetime and 20/20, Aol News
Nicest Star I Ever Interviewed: Zach Gilford
Favorite Recent PE Story: Isaiah Mustafa Makes His Decision
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Firth
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Amber James

Editor

Before PE, I Was At: CosmoGirl! Magazine
Nicest Star I Ever Interviewed: Brad Pitt
Fave Recent PE Story: Denise Richards Turns Down $1 Million to Tell All
Fave Celebrity Story Ever: Mariah Carey is Pregnant
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: George Clooney, Madonna

Maggie Coughlan

Editor/Photographer

Before PE, I Was At: TravelandLeisure.com, FoodandWine.com
Nicest Star I Ever Photographed: Kevin McHale, Miranda Cosgrove
Fave Recent PE Story: Amazing Star Moments Caught on Tape
Fave Celebrity Story Ever: Suri Cruise in High Heels
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Photograph: Christina Hendricks, Tina Fey
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Ben Trivett

Photo Editor/Photographer

Before PE, I Was At: Freelance Photographer, Aol News
Nicest Star I Ever Photographed: Holly Montag, Andrew W.K.
Favorite Recent PE Story: The New Face of Celebrity Photography
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: ShamWow Vince Beat Up By Prostitute
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Photograph: Bill Murray, Christopher Walken

Max Orenstein

Photo and Video Editor

Before PE, I Was At: Aol Music, Hillel, The Morning Call, The Jersey Journal
Favorite Recent PE Story: 'Extreme Poodles' Reinvents Reality TV
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Janet Jackson's "Nipplegate"
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Photograph: Woody Allen, Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld

Zach Dionne

Editor

Before PE, I Was At: GQ.com
Nicest Star I Ever Interviewed: Michael Emerson (Ben on 'Lost')
Favorite Recent PE Story: Readers Who Turned Around a Relationship As Bad as Mel and Oksana's
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Robert De Niro Verbally Destroys a GQ Writer During an Interview
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Stephen King

John Mitchell

Editor

Before PE, I Was At: Edinboro University
Nicest Star I Ever Met: Tina Fey
Favorite Recent PE Story: Why Going to Rehab Saved Lindsay's Career
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Angelina Jolie Too Thin in 'Salt'
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Madonna, Beyonce, Steven Spielberg

Christo Varghese

Editor

Before PE, I Was At: AOL UK Mydaily, AOL UK Moviefone, AOL Search
Favorite Recent PE Story: Miley Would Trade Success to Save Her Parents' Marriage
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Paris Hilton trademarks ‘That’s Hot’
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston

Elizabeth Yun

Editor/Celebrity One-Stop Queen

Before PE, I Was At: UGO Entertaiment
Nicest Star I Ever Met: Mark Strong
Favorite Recent PE Story: Mel Gibson Cut From 'Hangover 2'
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Tiger Woods' Harem
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Jeff Buckley, Jack White, Thom Yorke

Brittany Weiss

Assistant Video Editor

Before PE, I Was At: ABC 7 Chicago, CBS New York
Nicest Star I Ever Interviewed: Takeru Kobayashi
Favorite Recent PE Story: Summer Is Sweeter with 'DC Cupcakes'
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Miss California Becomes an Instant Celebrity
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Julia Roberts, Chelsea Handler, Ashton Kutcher

Chris Jancelewicz

Editor

Before PE, I Was At: AOL News, Travel, Life & Style
Nicest Star I Ever Interviewed: Margaret Cho
Favorite Recent PE Story: The Truth Behind Tila Tequila's Sonogram
Favorite Celebrity Story Ever: Britney Shaves Her Head
Stars Dead or Alive I Dream To Interview: Hunter S. Thompson, Patrick Stewart, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga

Introducing our extended PopEater family: The Contributors and Editors who make our site go 'round.

Rob Shuter

Rob was executive editor of OK! Magazine, which quickly became the country's fastest-growing weekly mag during his tenure. With Rob's help, OK! broke exclusives including Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy and Eva Longoria's wedding. Rob also represented some of America's biggest stars -- including Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi. Rob has appeared on The Today Show, CNN and MSNBC and lives in New York City with his Westminster-winning Glen of Imaal Terrier. Read Rob's Naughty But Nice | Follow Rob on Twitter

Jo Piazza

A former columnist for the New York Daily News, Jo is currently working on her first book to be published by Open Road Integrated Media in March 2011. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Slate, The Daily Beast and on CNN and Fox News. Read Jo's Celebenomics Column | Follow Jo on Twitter

Tracey Harrington McCoy

Before joining Team PopEater, Tracey worked for PEOPLE Magazine, Glam Media and Justin Timberlake. Over her many years of celebrity reporting, she's interviewed hundreds of stars including Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet and Lindsay Lohan. (She thought L.Lo was super sweet and hopes she makes a big comeback.) When she's not pouring over celebrity blogs or magazines, McCoy is watching 'Arrested Development' reruns or reading Chelsea Handler's books.

Christine Fenno

Christine was the deputy entertainment editor of iVillage.com before joining Popeater as a contributing editor and also served as an editor at both Entertainment Weekly/EW.com and Marie Claire. Long ago, she began her career in digital media writing games for a Disney-owned website that had big ideas (and made a loud *pop* when the dot-com bubble burst). A native of Milwaukee, she's a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and she lives in New York with her husband and twins ... just like J.Lo.

Nicki Gostin

Contributing writer and celebrity profiler Nicki previously interviewed stars for Newsweek. She has written for TV Guide and The Wall Street Journal. Nicki's interviewed everyone from Brad Pitt and George Clooney to Dame Judi Dench and Gisele. She's also appeared on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider.

Stacy Jenel Smith

Stacy has written for the New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, PEOPLE, USA Today, E! Online and TV Guide. She partners with long-time esteemed columnist Marilyn Beck in writing Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive for Creators Syndicate. She's interviewed old school stars (Bette Davis, Sammy Davis) to young celebs (Justin Bieber) with favorites including Mel Brooks and David Bowie. Her TV work includes five years as a regular correspondent on E! Entertainment's 'The Gossip Show.'

Catherine Donaldson-Evans

Contributing writer Catherine is a freelance journalist who has also written for PEOPLE.com. She's also a writer and editor at AOL Health and has contributed to The New York Times' Styles section. Previously, she was an entertainment reporter at FoxNews.com where she interviewed a quirky set of stars from Britney Spears to Gopher on 'The Love Boat.' A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and NYU, she now lives in Matt Damon's neighborhood in New York City, which she swears is just a coincidence.

Rebecca Macatee

Contributing writer Rebecca has had her work featured in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Sunday Times, Guest of a Guest, MTV News and AskMen.com. She also works in entertainment television production and is a huge fan of Lady Gaga. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina but now lives in Carrie Bradshaw’s neighborhood in New York.

Jason Newman

Jason is a regular contributor to PopEater, Moviefone and Urlesque. He served as a senior writer position at Allhiphop.com and his work has also appeared in the Associated Press, Bullz-Eye.com, Flaunt, Metromix.com, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, URB, The Village Voice, Wax Poetics, XXL and YRB. Over six years, he has profiled numerous entertainment personalities ranging from Ludacris and Busta Rhymes to Pierce Brosnan and Angelina Jolie.


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