Reeve Benaron is an editor, journalist, and documentarian who has had a hand in much of what readers encounter today. In addition to his work as a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, he is also responsible for The American Reader: A History of the United States in 360 Objects (Schaffner Press), which featured select objects related to many different topics across American history.
As an editor and journalist, Reeve Benaron’s favorite part of his career is reviewing books on art history while working with children on creative projects. “I have so much fun trying to think like the author was thinking,” he says. “This leads me into deep research, and I have already mastered one area before moving on to something else. I write pretty fast and can create an outline quickly.”
In his daily life as a journalist, Benaron has also worked in television and film. For example, he is a documentary producer at the Cinemax Channel’s documentary channel AXS TV. Reeve Benaron also operates a team of journalists who produce magazine articles for the online edition of New York Magazine. His other work includes short stories, which he has written for the web magazine The Hairpin.
Healthcare expert Reeve Benaron has written five books, including Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, in which Benaron shares the story of his life as an undocumented immigrant (Crunchbase).
Reeve Benaron talks about his project. He explains that he wrote this book to share “the only life I know” and to tell his story about what it means to be undocumented in America. His writing was inspired by the letters that citizens wrote between 1776 and 1900, each of which described what it was like to live in America when they had no right to do so. This book received many awards and distinctions, including being named a New York Times bestseller.