Jonathan Wolfe joined the team writing the Coronavirus Briefing newsletter shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak began, and he has been the lead writer for most of the last two years, chronicling the shifting pandemic and its effects on our lives for an audience of 1.7 million people.
He has also been a leader in engaging readers and bringing their voices into the newsletter, often sharing intimate details about their lives and losses during the pandemic.
Some of our most popular callouts — such as Are you ready to live with the virus? — have received thousands of responses. We’ve also asked readers for their pandemic silver linings; how the virus is straining relationships with family members; and how they are approaching travel, mental health, romance and symptoms of long COVID. We also heard from hundreds of health care workers about their struggles during the pandemic.
With this unique skill set in mind, I’m pleased to announce that Jonathan will be expanding his role to work across the newsletter portfolio, helping writers and editors to engage in conversations with readers, build community and include their stories in our journalism.
Jonathan will continue writing the Coronavirus Briefing along with the broader briefing team, while contributing to our other newsletters. We are also exploring new formats and ideas for the Coronavirus Briefing as the pandemic continues to evolve.
One reader wrote recently:
“I read your newsletter every night and it kept me company during these tumultuous two years. I appreciate the constant engagement and the wealth of information you have shared with me. Today’s newsletter was cathartic and brought me to tears, especially the stories of the readers.”
Jonathan began working at The Times in 2014 as a fact-checking intern. Since then he’s been a news assistant on the Culture desk, a reporter in Metro and a producer on “The Daily.”
He has already been in touch with many editors and writers about bringing more reader-generated content into their newsletters, and using newsletters to look for sources. He will be reaching out to more in the weeks and months to come. Please join me in congratulating him.
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