Mills Alumna Koa Beck Named Top Editor at Jezebel

Oakland, CA—October 27, 2017

Koa Beck, who double majored in both English and French and Francophone Studies at Mills College, has been selected to be the top editor at Jezebel. A website owned by Univision, Jezebel features articles on women’s and gender issues. Beck most recently served as senior features editor at MarieClaire.com.

Beck’s reporting on culture, LGBTQ rights, race, and literary criticism has appeared in Salon, The Atlantic, The Observer, and The Guardian. She serves on the board of directors of Nat.Brut, a journal of art and literature dedicated to advancing inclusivity in all creative fields. Beck’s short stories have been published in Slice, Kalyani Magazine, Apogee Journal, Nat.Brut, and The Ink and Code. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and in 2009, she received the Ardella Mills Prize for Fiction. Beck, who is bi-racial, was born in Lihue, Hawaii, and raised in Los Angeles.

Commenting on her new position at Jezebel as reported in the New York Times, Beck said, “To be at the helm of the enterprise at which I first read the words ‘rape culture’ and ‘fat shaming’ on the Internet is very meaningful to me. And I have high hopes of where I can take that legacy in a Trump administration, in which so many rights of the marginalized are now being actively eroded.”