Ronald Bailey
Ronald Bailey is the award-winning science correspondent forReason magazine and, where he writes a weekly science and technology column.

Bailey is the author of the book Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution (Prometheus, 2005), and his work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. In 2006, Bailey was shortlisted by the editors of Nature Biotechnology as one of the personalities who have made the"most significant contributions" to biotechnology in the last 10 years.

From 1987 to 1990, Bailey was a staff writer for Forbesmagazine, covering economic, scientific and business topics. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post,Commentary, The Public Interest, Smithsonian,TechCentralStation, National Review, Reader's Digest and many other publications.

Prior to joining Reason in 1997, Bailey produced several weekly national public television series includingThink Tank and TechnoPolitics, as well as several documentaries for PBS television and ABC News. In 1993, he was the Warren T. Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Bailey won a 2004 Southern California Journalism Award for best magazine feature for his story, "The Battle For Your Brain," which delved into the ethical and political conflicts over new brain enhancement technologies. In 2005, Bailey won a first place Southern California Journalism Award for best online commentary for his series on creationism, "Creation Summer Camp."

Bailey is the editor of several books, including Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death (Prima Publishing, 2002), Earth Report 2000: Revisiting The True State of The Planet (McGraw Hill, 1999), and The True State of the Planet (The Free Press, 1995). He is the author of ECOSCAM: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse (St. Martins Press, 1993).

Bailey has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the NBC Nightly News, PBS'Newshour, several National Public Radio programs, and various C-SPAN programs. He has lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, Morehouse University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and many other places.

In 2004, Bailey testified before a congressional committee on "The Impact of Science on Public Policy." He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Bailey lives in Washington, D.C., and Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Pamela.

Nick Gillespie
Nick Gillespie is editor in chief of and, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets. The two sites draw over 4 million visits per month and have been named among the nation's best political sites by Playboy, Washingtonian,National Journal, and others. Gillespie is co-author, with his Reason colleague Matt Welch, of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, to be published June 28, 2011 by Public Affairs.

The Daily Beast has named Gillespie one of "The Right's Top 25 Journalists," calling him "clear-headed, brainy...[and] among the foremost libertarians in America." He is a two-time finalist for digital National Magazine Awards for his work on "UPS vs. FEDEX: Ultimate Whiteboard Mix" and the documentary series Reason Saves Cleveland with Drew Carey: How to Fix the Mistake on the Lake and Other Once-Great American Cities.

Gillespie served as Reason magazine's editor in chief from 2000 to 2008. Under his direction, Reason won the 2005 Western Publications Association "Maggie" Award for Best Political Magazine. Gillespie originally joined Reason's staff in 1993 as an assistant editor and ascended to the top slot in 2000. In 2004, Gillespie edited the book Choice: The Best of Reason, an anthology of the magazine's best articles. The Washington Post featured Gillespie's tenure at Reason magazine, asking, "Which monthly magazine editor argues that the spread of pornography is a victory for free expression? And that drugs from marijuana to heroin should not only be legalized, but using them occasionally is just fine? And is also quite comfortable with gay marriage? The answer is Nick Gillespie, libertarian and doctor of literature, injecting [Reason magazine] with a pop-culture sensibility."

Gillespie's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Slate, Salon,, Marketplace, and numerous other publications. He was a regular contributor to the late, lamented satire site, Suck, where he wrote under the name Mr. Mxyzptlk.

He is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and PBS. He has worked as a reporter for several New Jersey newspapers and as an editor at several Manhattan-based music, movie, and teen magazines. He is almost certainly the only journalist to have interviewed both Ozzy Osbourne and Nobel laureates in economics such as Milton Friedman and Vernon Smith.

In 1996, Gillespie received his Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds an M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Temple University and a B.A. in English and Psychology from Rutgers University. Gillespie, the father of two sons, lives in Washington, DC, and Oxford, Ohio.

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world. He is one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century according to Esquire magazine, and one of the 50 people who could save the planet according to the UK Guardian. Lomborg has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers.

He is an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and regularly works with many of the world's top economists, including 7 Nobel Laureates. His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world's "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks".

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg is an academic and the author of the best-selling "The Skeptical Environmentalist" and "Cool It". He challenges mainstream concerns about the environment and points out that we need to focus attention on the smartest solutions first. He is an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center ( which brings together many of the world's top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates, to set priorities for the world. The Copenhagen Consensus Center is ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world's "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks". The Economist said "Copenhagen Consensus is an outstanding, visionary idea and deserves global coverage."

Lomborg is a frequent participant in public debates on policy issues. His analysis and commentaries have appeared regularly in such prestigious publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Economist, Globe & Mail, The Guardian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Australian, the Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. Lomborg's monthly column appears in around 40 papers in 19 languages, with more than 30 million readers. He is a television commentator on CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the BBC, among others, on shows such as "Newsnight", "20/20", "60 Minutes", "The Late Show with David Letterman", and "Larry King Live". He was featured in the movie "Cool it", by Sundance Award winning director Ondi Timoner.

In 2011 and 2012, Lomborg was named Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy "for looking more right than ever on the politics of climate change". TIME Magazine ranked Lomborg among the world's 100 most influential people in 2004. In 2008 he was named "one of the 50 people who could save the planet" by the UK Guardian. In 2005 and 2008, Foreign Policy and Prospect Magazine called him "one of the top 100 public intellectuals", and in 2008 Esquire named him "one of the world's 75 most influential people of the 21st century."

Johan Norberg
Johan Norberg is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker, born in Stockholm in 1973. He is a native of Sweden, and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. He received his M. A. in the History of Ideas from the University of Stockholm.

Since 2006, Norberg has been a freelance writer and researcher who lecture about entrepreneurship, global trends and globalization around the world - from universities and organizations in Buenos Aires, Cairo, Moscow and Sydney, to Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. He is a frequent commentator in Swedish and international media. He has a weekly column in Sweden's biggest daily, Metro and his work has appeared in such publications as Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, National Interest, Forbes, The Spectator and Far Eastern Economic Review.

He has written or edited 18 books, covering a broad range of topics, and has written and hosted several documentaries on development and economics. For his work, Johan Norberg has received the Distinguished Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award from the American Atlas Foundation, and the gold medal from the German Hayek Stiftung which he received simultaneously with former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

In 2001, Johan Norberg published the international bestseller In Defense of Global Capitalism, credited with changing the globalization debate in a time when the anti-globalization, anti-free trade protests were at the strongest. To date, it has been published in around 25 languages, including Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Arabic.

Referring to the book, Anne Applebaum wrote in Washington Post that "A 30-year-old Swede with long blond hair has recently conquered Europe", and in Financial Times, Samuel Brittan wrote: "Giving clear and verifiable sources, he nails one by one the fallacies and selective statistics that are used by the anti-capitalist protesters." The American Enterprise soon called the book "a minor classic of the American Right".

More recently Johan Norberg has researched and written about the financial crisis, which resulted in the book Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis, which the British magazine The Spectator named one of the "Best Books of 2009", and Financial Times called "good descriptive history and a welcome addition to the literature".

Norberg has also written popular science, on intelligence, brain research and the science of happiness.

Since 2012, he is a member of the board of the prestigious international network Mont Pelerin Society, composed of liberal scholars and thinkers, including 8 winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.


1999: M. A. with a major in the history of ideas, Stockholm University

1992-99: Studies at Stockholm University: philosophy, literature, political science and history of ideas. Economics at the City University.

1992: Matriculated at S:t Jacobi high school, Vallingby, Stockholm.


2007-Present: Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, Washington DC.

2006-Present: Senior Fellow, European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels.

2002-2005: Head of political ideas at the free-market think-tank Timbro, Stockholm, Sweden.

1999-2002: Assistant editor-in-chief of the Timbro magazine Smedjan.

1993-97: Editor-in-chief of the magazine Nyliberalen.


  • James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin, Ireland, 2007.
  • Received the Curt Nicolin Award by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise for his work on entrepreneurship, 2006.
  • The blog voted Sweden's best by the readers of the magazine InternetWorld, 2005.
  • Gold medal of the German Friedrich-August-von-Hayek-Stiftung (9 ounces), shared with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and ECB Chief Economist Ottmar Issing, 2003.
  • Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award from the American Atlas Foundation, for the book In Defense of Global Capitalism, April 2002.
  • Prize of the Sture Lindmark Foundation for Public Debate, for his work on free trade and globalisation, May 2002.
  • Voted Sweden's 19th most important opinion-maker, by a panel of 300 Swedish journalists and policy-makers (Den svenska marknaden, 1-2002).


  • Migrationens kraft: Darfor behaver vi oppna granser (Hydra 2012) A book on the moral and economic case for open immigration, co-written with Fredrik Segerfeldt.
  • Eurokrasch: En tragedi i tre akter (Hydra 2012) An investigation of the history of the Euro system, and the reasons for its failure.
  • Hjarnrevolutionen: Varfor din intelligens paverkar allt du gor - och allt du gor paverkar din intelligens (Natur och Kultur 2012) A popular science book on the importance of intelligence and the plasticity of the brain.
  • Fragment och argument 1990-2010 (Hydra 2010) A selection of old articles and extracts published with new introductions and a memoir.
  • Den eviga matchen om lyckan: Ett idehistoriskt referat (Natur och Kultur 2009) A book on how Western thinkers have thought about happiness and what the latest scientific research says about that today.
  • En perfekt storm: Hur staten, kapitalet och du och jag sankte varldsekonomin (Hydra 2009) The story of the financial crisis, and how monetary policy, housing policy and misguided regulation made it happen.
  • Naomi Kleins nakenchock (Voltaire 2008) A critique of Naomi Klein's book The Shock Doctrine, co-written with Boris Benulic.
  • Varldens valfard: Fyra decennier som forandrade planeten (Utbildningsdepartementet 2007) A detailed statistical look at how globalization is changing lives around the world, commissioned by the Swedish government.
  • Ett annat Sverige ar mojligt (Pocky 2006) A debate book giving two different visions for Swedish future, a classical liberal one (Norberg) and a socialist one (America Vera-Zavala).
  • Nar manniskan skapade varlden (Timbro 2006) A defense of entrepreneurship and human creativity, about its role in human history and about what needs to be done to free that spirit today.
  • Global rattvisa ar mojlig (Pocky 2001) A debate book giving two different perspectives on globalization, a classical liberal one (Norberg) and a socialist one (America Vera-Zavala).
  • Till varldskapitalismens forsvar (Timbro 2001) An explanation of how globalization and free trade creates development and reduces poverty, translated to around 25 countries.
  • Fullstandiga rattigheter: ett forsvar for de 21 forsta artiklarna i FN:s deklaration om de manskliga rattigheterna (Timbro, 1999) A philosophical defense of the classical Western concept of human rights as liberty rights, and a criticism of "welfare rights".
  • Den svenska liberalismens historia (Timbro 1998) A historical study of Swedish classical liberal ideas, politicians and reforms since the 18th century.
  • Motstandsmannen Vilhelm Moberg (Timbro 1997) A political biography of Sweden's most important 20th century novelist, the author of the novels of the Swedish emigration to America.
Virginia Postrel
Virginia Postrel (pron. PAH-STRELL) is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion. She describes her work as "intellectual arbitrage"--synthesizing, analyzing, and communicating ideas from many different fields in an original and accessible way, usually with focus on culture and commerce.

Writing in Vanity Fair, Sam Tanenhaus (now the editor of The New York Times Book Review) described her as "a master D.J. who sequences the latest riffs from the hard sciences, the social sciences, business, and technology, to name only a few sources."

Postrel is the author of The Substance of Style (2003) and The Future and Its Enemies (1998). She is writing a book on glamour, to be published in fall 2013 by Simon & Schuster, and is a regular columnist for the Bloomberg View division of

A popular speaker for business, design, and university groups, she teaches a seminar on "Glamour: Theory and Practice" in the Branding MPS program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her corporate speaking venues have included Nike, Procter & Gamble, 7 for All Mankind, Target, Liz Claiborne, Sony, and IDEO.

She has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Forbes and its companion technology magazine Forbes ASAP.

Postrel received the 2011 Bastiat Prize, honoring journalism that displays "support for the institutions of the free society, persuasiveness, wit and creativity, relevance, and clarity and simplicity." Her work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. In 2012, her Bloomberg View columns received a first-place award for online entertainment commentary from the Los Angeles Press Club. The judges wrote that "Postrel shows a sharp eye for detail and gleans meaningful truths from our entertainment culture."

From July 1989 to January 2000, Postrel was the editor of Reason magazine. Under her leadership, Reason was selected as a finalist for the National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest honor, for essays in 1993 and public interest journalism in 1996 and in 1998, when Reason had two finalist articles. She founded Reason Online, the magazine's website, in 1995.

In March 2006, she donated a kidney to her friend Sally Satel, a psychiatrist and research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. She has become a vocal advocate of living organ donations and of reforming federal laws that prohibit payment of any "valuable consideration" to organ donors. She writes and speaks frequently on the subject.

She serves on the board of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Postrel has twice been a finalist in the commentary category of the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for her columns in Reason. In 1995, she received the Free Press Association's Mencken Award for Commentary for an editorial in Reason. In 2002, she received the Press Club of Dallas's Katie Award for commentary for a column in D Magazine.

Prior to becoming editor of the magazine in 1989, Postrel served as associate editor of Reason and, before that, as a reporter for Inc. and The Wall Street Journal.

Postrel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, with a degree in English literature. She is married to Steven Postrel, an economist and business strategy professor, and lives in Los Angeles.

Jacob Sullum
Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and and a nationally syndicated columnist. Sullum is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use(Tarcher/Penguin, 2004) and For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health (Free Press, 1998). Sullum's weekly column, distributed by Creators Syndicate, is carried by newspapers across the U.S., including the New York Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. His work also has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cigar Aficionado, National Review, and many other publications.

Saying Yes has been praised by both sides of the political spectrum. National Review called it "a highly effective debunking," and Mother Jones described it as "a healthy dose of sober talk in a debate dominated by yelping dopes." For Your Own Good also was widely praised by reviewers, who called it "compelling" (The Wall Street Journal), "meticulously logical" (The New York Times), and a "cogent and thorough...must-read" (The Washington Post). Sullum is a frequent guest on TV and radio networks, including Fox News Channel, CNN and NPR. A fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, he has been a featured speaker at the International Conference on Drug Policy Reform and the Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy.

In 1988 Sullum won the Keystone Press Award for investigative reporting, and in 1991 he received First Prize in the Felix Morley Memorial Journalism Competition. In 1998 his Reason cover story about pain treatment was a National Magazine Award finalist in the Public Interest category. In 2004 he received the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, and in 2005 he received the Drug Policy Alliance's Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Journalism. His 2007 Reason essay "Thank Deng Xiaoping for Little Girls" won first place for commentary or feature in the Southern California Journalism Awards.

Sullum first joined Reason in 1989 as an assistant editor, later serving as associate editor and managing editor.

He also has worked as the articles editor of National Review and as a reporter for the News and Courier/Evening Post in Charleston, South Carolina, and The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Sullum is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in economics and psychology. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three daughters.

Matt Welch
Matt Welch is editor in chief of Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." He is co-author, along with Nick Gillespie, of the 2011 book The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, which Tyler Cowencalled "the up-to-date statement of libertarianism." Welch also wrote the 2007 book McCain: The Myth of a Maverick.

Reason has been a Western Publications Association magazine of the year finalist every year under Welch's leadership, winning three total first-place Maggie awards, as well as another six first-place notices from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club. Welch himself has won a half-dozen first-place L.A. Press Club awards over the years, for work ranging from coverage of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, to reportage on Cuban baseball players, to essays of and about media criticism.

Before assuming editorship of Reason in 2008, Welch worked as an assistant editorial pages editor for theLos Angeles Times, as a media columnist for Reason, California correspondent for The National Post, political columnist for, and regular contributor to the Online Journalism Review. Before 1998, he lived for eight years in Central Europe, where he co-founded the region's first post-communist English-language newspaper, Prognosis, worked as UPI's Slovakia correspondent and managed theBudapest Business Journal. Welch's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post,,, The Hardball Times, The Columbia Journalism Review,, Commentary, LA Weekly, Orange County Register, and scores of other publications. He is a frequent guest on the Fox Business Network, public radio, and AM radio stations from coast to coast. He blogs daily at Reason's Hit & Run, and maintains an active Twitter feed.

Welch lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young daughter.