freelance magazine journalist

Sabrina Rubin Erdely is an award-winning feature writer and investigative journalist, and a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has also appeared in SELF, GQ, Philadelphia, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Glamour and Men’s Health, among other national magazines. Her articles have been anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing and have received a number of awards, including two National Magazine Award nominations.

Erdely specializes in long-form narrative writing, especially about crime, health and social issues. She has written about con artists, murder investigations, vicious divorces, power brokers, lovable eccentrics, bioweapons, cults, sexual violence, medical ethics, hackers, LGBT issues, and teachers who have affairs with students—among other subjects.

'The Creep with the Golden Tongue,' GQ, August 2003. 'Hackers Gone Wild,' Rolling Stone - June 10, 2010. 'The Crime Against Women That No One Understands,' SELF, November 2008. 'The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn and Ed,' Rolling Stone, Issue 1048 - March 20, 2008. Reprinted in Best American Crime Reporting 2009. 'Is Your Doctor Playing Judge?' SELF, June 2007. 'Get Your Gas Masks Here,' The New Yorker - Talk of the Town, Dept. of Preparation, Issue of 2001-10-15. 'Who is the Boy in the Box?' Philadelphia Magazine, November 2003. Reprinted in Best American Crime Reporting 2004. 'School of Hate
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The past few months, since my Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” was first called into question, have been among the most painful of my life. Reading the Columbia account of the mistakes and misjudgments in my reporting was a brutal and humbling experience. I want to offer my deepest apologies: to Rolling Stone’s readers, to my Rolling Stone editors and colleagues, to the UVA community, and to any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.

Over my 20 years of working as an investigative journalist—including at Rolling Stone, a magazine I grew up loving and am honored to work for—I have often dealt with sensitive topics and sources. In writing each of these stories I must weigh my compassion against my journalistic duty to find the truth. However, in the case of Jackie and her account of her traumatic rape, I did not go far enough to verify her story. I allowed my concern for Jackie’s well-being, my fear of re-traumatizing her, and my confidence in her credibility to take the place of more questioning and more facts. These are mistakes I will not make again.

Reporting on rape has unique challenges, but the journalist still has the responsibility to get it right. I hope that my mistakes in reporting this story do not silence the voices of victims that need to be heard.