Alex Star is a senior editor at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. From 2004 through 2010, he worked at The New York Times Magazine as its senior and then deputy editor. Among the writers he edited were Michael Pollan, Paul Krugman, Jason DeParle, and Robert Worth. Prior to that, Star was the founding editor of the Boston Globe Ideas section. From 1994 to 2001, he was the editor of Lingua Franca: The Review of Academic Life, which was nominated for three National Magazine Awards in General Excellence during his tenure. He has also served as the assistant literary editor of The New Republic.
Star has edited two books: Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy, a collection of New York Times writing about the WikiLeaks affair that was published in e-book form by The New York Times and in paperback by Grove/Atlantic in 2011, and Quick Studies: The Best of Lingua Franca, which was published by FSG in 2002. Star's essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, and other publications. He has been a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy of Berlin, and given the Delacorte Lecture in Magazine Journalism at Columbia University.