Greg Howard is currently a writer for The New York Times, and was recently named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2017. He has written for a variety of publications, including Deadspin, The Village Voice, The Dallas Observer, and Esquire. We spoke with him about his experience at NYU (which included a nerve-wracking elevator ride) and his journalistic writing thus far, centered on what kinds of topics he enjoys writing about.
What did you study at NYU?
I went to the journalism school, but it was for magazine writing, which was a specialization, and I [studied] under Meryl Gordon [Director of Magazine Writing at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute], but I had a bunch of teachers—David Samuels, Lisa DePaulo—who were two of my favorites along with Meryl. Magazine [articles] are profiles and investigations, [and] more of a long form thing, so [it consisted of] how you would go about constructing a long form story. It was a lot of fun. We put together a fake magazine as a small group. A lot of us wanted to become magazine editors, not just writers, so you could take editing classes and stuff like that. It was cool.