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Before joining The Baffler, Kirchner was a freelance journalist and researcher, and the editor of Longform’s weekly podcast. She was previously an assistant editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. Currently she writes a weekly column about crime and criminal justice for Pacific Standard.
Born in Virginia and raised in New York, Kirchner received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Before turning her attention to writing and editing, she was first a call-screener, and then a producer, for several shows at the now-defunct Air America Radio network.
She lives in Brooklyn. She can be found on Twitter @lkirchner.