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Ari Bloomekatz (he/him) is an editor, writer, and movement publisher.
An experienced producer of meaningful, beautiful, and compelling magazines and books, Ari is currently the executive editor of In These Times. In These Times is a nonprofit, independent magazine that exposes the way corporations affect and exploit working people and is dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice. The magazine also focuses on informing movements for a more humane world and providing an accessible forum for debate about the politics that shape our future.
Prior to joining In These Times, Ari spent more than five years as managing editor of Rethinking Schools, an award-winning quarterly magazine that features a wide range of antiracist and social justice-oriented pieces of curriculum and articles analyzing policies that help or hinder public education. Before that, Ari was the managing editor of Tikkun, a quarterly progressive magazine that explores ways to change our consciousness and relationships to issues of faith, climate, work, and social change.
Ari’s passion is also producing, publishing, and sharing books that tell stories that help fuel movement work and organizing. At Rethinking Schools, Ari was the production editor for the book Teaching for Black Lives, which became a bestseller for the organization. Ari was also Books Editor for the publication Jewish Currents and helped found Jewish Currents Press, the book publishing arm of Jewish Currents magazine. He most recently served as production editor for The Israeli Black Panthers Haggadah, and he previously worked with author and poet Tom Haviv on A Flag of No Nation.
Ari’s career in storytelling began as a journalist. Ari was a staff writer for several years with the Los Angeles Times where he had hundreds of bylines from covering South Los Angeles, transportation, and breaking news, among other beats. During college he did summer news internships with The Tennessean, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Seattle Times, and The Boston Globe, and after voluntarily leaving the Los Angeles Times in 2014, Ari worked as an investigative reporter for the Voice of San Diego, covering county politics.
Outside of work, Ari uses his voice to be in community with people across race and faiths working for a more just and peaceful world. He is also passionate about queer issues, combating mental health stigma, and advocating for disability justice.
Ari’s a big fan of books and bikes, and considers himself a knish aficionado. He grew up in Nashville, spent a decade living in California, braved five winters in Wisconsin, checked out Brooklyn for a minute and is now on his way to Chicago.