Emily Yoffe

Emily J. Yoffe (born October 15, 1955) is a journalist and contributing editor for The Atlantic.[1] From 2009 to 2016 she was a regular contributor to Slate magazine, notably as Dear Prudence. She has also written for The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Washington Post; Esquire; The Los Angeles Times; and many other publications. Yoffe began her career as a staff writer at The New Republic before moving on to other publications.


In 2006 outgoing columnist Margo Howard turned Slate’s Dear Prudence advice column, which appears four times per week, including one day of live chats and one day in which the letters are responded to using a video instead of text, over to Yoffe. In November 2015, she published her last "Dear Prudence" column, and has since been replaced by Mallory Ortberg, co-founder of The Toast.[2]

She also did a podcast called Manners for the Digital Age[3] with Slate’s then-technology columnist Farhad Manjoo.

She wrote a regular feature on Slate called Human Guinea Pig, in which she attempts unusual activities or hobbies. For Human Guinea Pig, she has tried hypnosis,[4] and taken a vow of silence.[5] She has become a street performer,[6] a nude model for an art class,[7] and a contestant in the Mrs. America beauty pageant.[8]

In June 2005, Bloomsbury published Yoffe's What the Dog Did: Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner.[9] That year it was named Best Book of the Year by Dogwise,[10] and selected as the Best General Interest Dog Book by the Dog Writers Association of America.

She has been a guest on The Colbert Report twice.[11] She discussed her experiences as Slate's Human Guinea Pig, and an article about narcissistic personality disorder.[12] She has been a guest on numerous radio programs, including The Emily Rooney Show and Minnesota Public Radio.[13][14][15]

Yoffe wrote pieces about the world-wide disappearance of frogs[16] and the crash of an Air Florida Flight 90[17] for The New York Times Magazine . She has written op-eds for The Washington Post on global warming,[18] motherhood,[19] and politics.[20]


Yoffe grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from Wellesley College in 1977.[21][22]




  1. Chapin, Angelina (10 November 2015). "Goodbye Dear Prudie: Slate's Emily Yoffe on the toughest advice she's given". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  2. Yoffe, Emily (12 November 2015). "Don't Call It Closure". Slate. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  3. Plait, Phil. "Digital Manners: The baby-sitter records shows on my TiVo without asking. - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  4. Emily Yoffe (2003-12-26). "Got Me Hypnotized". Slate. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  5. Emily Yoffe (2004-05-07). "Silent Treatment". Slate. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  6. Emily Yoffe (2003-10-30). "Mime is Money". Slate. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  7. Emily Yoffe (2005-12-15). "Naked and the Dread". Slate. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  8. Plait, Phil. "Can I win a beauty pageant? - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  9. What the Dog Did: Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner. New York: Bloomsbury, 2005. ISBN 978-1-58234-564-2
  10. Emily Yoffe, What the Dog Did, Bloomsbury: London, 2005. At Google Books (Access date: 02-05-2013)
  11. "Emily Yoffe - The Colbert Report - 2006-01-02 - Video Clip | Comedy Central". Colbertnation.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  12. Plait, Phil. "What is narcissistic personality disorder, and why does everyone seem to have it? - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  13. "How to chill out during the holidays | Minnesota Public Radio News". Minnesota.publicradio.org. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  14. "The Emily Rooney Show". Wgbh.org. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  15. Yoffe, Emily (1992-12-13). "Silence of the Frogs". The New York Times.
  16. Yoffe, Emily (2002-08-04). "Afterward". The New York Times.
  17. Yoffe, Emily (2007-06-25). "Gloom and Doom in A Sunny Day". The Washington Post.
  18. Yoffe, Emily (2007-05-13). "Wrapping My Arms Around Memories". The Washington Post.
  19. Yoffe, Emily (2009-02-03). "Tom Daschle on the Gold Standard". The Washington Post.
  20. "WEDDINGS; Emily J. Yoffe, John D. Mintz". The New York Times. 1994-09-18.
  21. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/06/26/nora_ephron_journalism_and_getting_old_what_i_learned_from_that_singular_voice.html

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