Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

I am the Reader's social media editor and a frequent contributor. Previously, I was a freelance journalist, critic, and writer for the Onion A.V. Club and RedEye. My work has appeared in The Guardian, In These Times, PopMatters, and other quality print and online publications. I'm a jack-of-all-trades who has been the only reporter at a daily paper, a crime reporter in a small town, a video game critic, a copywriter, an editor of a weekly newspaper in Los Angeles, and photographer. My career highlights include being a minor character in a true-crime novel, being teargassed in a French labor riot, playing lingerie football, turning an Airbnb stay into a 7,000-word cover story, and getting my car keyed by a former NFL player who hated one of my stories.

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