Ana Marie Cox is an author and blogger, who was the founding editor of the political blog Wonkette, a title which has largely come to symbolize her to the public. Under her tenure, Wonkette, published by weblog group Gawker Media since October 2003, was an often racy journal of Capitol Hill gossip as well as more serious matters of politics and policy. Cox and Wonkette gained notoriety in the political world for publicizing the story of Jessica Cutler, also known as “Washingtonienne,” a staff assistant to Senator Mike DeWine (R.-OH), who accepted money from a Bush administration official and others in exchange for sexual favors. On January 5, 2006, Cox officially announced her retirement as the blog’s editor and her imminent transition to “Wonkette Emerita.”
Cox is the former executive editor of Suck.com, where she wrote under the pen name Ann O’Tate. Prior to joining the Suck team, she was an editor of the Marxist online magazine, “Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life.” She is married to Chris Lehmann, formerly of The Washington Post and New York and now an editor at Congressional Quarterly, and lives in Washington, D.C.