Dave Pell: Managing Editor, Internet

Dave Pell has been writing about news, technology, and media since 1999. He writes NextDraft, a newsletter offering a quick and entertaining look at the day’s most fascinating news. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Globe, Time, NPR, Wired, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He’s been news-obsessed since he was a child and is known to his readers as the Internet’s Managing Editor. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He sits on the board of 826 Valencia and is a longtime advisor to the Center for Investigative Reporting. He lives in Marin County with his wife, Gina, and their two kids, two cats, two beagles, and two broadband providers (in case one ever goes down).

Dave is the author of: Please Scream Inside Your Heart: Breaking News and Nervous Breakdowns in the year that wouldn’t end.

The NextDraft custom WordPress installation was masterfully coded by Andrew Norcross and the design of the blog and iOS app is from the supremely talented Bryan Bell. Chris Morris coded the iOS app, and the Brian Moco designed the logo. My author photo is by Jessica Paul.

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Please note that NextDraft will never share, sell, or otherwise violate your email address. It will only be used to send you the day’s most fascinating news.

Here’s some of the buzz from those who read the blog, subscribe to the email, or have downloaded app for their iPhone or iPad…

When I read Dave Pell online, I always wish for more.

Jeff Jarvis

Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism

Dave finds stuff I didn't see but should have. Add that to his drop-dead sexiness and you've got yourself an indispensable newsletter.

Steve Bodow

Fmr. Executive Producer, The Daily Show

Think of Dave Pell as the Internet’s managing editor. The NYT meets SNL. Smart, funny, essential.

Phil Bronstein

Chair, Center for Investigative Reporting

Dave is an expert at picking through the deluge and serving up the day's best stories from a huge variety of websites.

Sapna Maheshwari

New York Times

Dave Pell somehow digests the indigestible and gives you all the tools you need to convince others you know what the hell is going on out there.

Damon Lindelof

Emmy-Winning Creator of Watchmen and Lost

He's a first-rate emcee, he really makes me laugh, and I love his goggles.

Benjamin Dreyer

Copy Chief, Random House

The NextDraft newsletter is indispensable. Dave Pell cuts through the clutter with urgency, humor and smarts. I never miss it.

Don Van Natta Jr.


NextDraft's curation is tight and thoughtful -- I always learn about something new.

Michael Calore


Dave’s writing, amidst the deluge of information out there, is a high priority for me. His wit and humor is a true gift. Reading Dave’s emails makes me better.

Cory Booker

N.J. Senator

Like all great curators, Pell continually provides answers to questions you weren’t even aware you were asking; even as he feeds your mind, he cultivates and expands your curiosity.

Andrew Corsello


A must-read. Dave scours the Internet and presents a smörgåsbord of stories that educate and entertain, and even elevate the discourse surrounding the major headlines of the day.

Ram Ramgopal

CNN Executive Editor

I've always considered NextDraft a must-read newsletter.

Eric Eyre

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

Dave Pell's Next Draft is a must-read for me daily, as are many of his links. The man knows his Internet. And his puns.

Harry Shearer

Spinal Tap, The Simpsons, Le Show, Emmy Award Winner

NextDraft is the only newsletter I read every day.

John Gruber

Daring Fireball

If you like technology, ideas and culture, subscribe to the mind of Dave Pell.

Rainn Wilson

The Office

Dave is one of the most compelling voices on the internet. I’m always fascinated by what he has to say and am eager to follow him wherever his mind goes next

Maria Konnikova

Best Selling Author

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