Richard Rushfield is a man of many hats: journalist, web editor and manager novelist, former-political hack, cultural futurist, seer.
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Los Angeles, California, Richard attended high school at the not-yet-fabulous Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. He received a BA in Art History from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1991.
Richard’s first career was as a political field organizer. From 1988 – 1994 he worked at the grassroots level for candidates including Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton.
After leaving politics, Richard began a career as a freelance journalist. He has written on subject ranging from teenage witches to politics for publications including Slate, New York Times, Variety, V-Life, Details, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Black Book, CMJ and Elle Décor. From 2000 to 2002, he wrote a column on film for Arena Magazine. Since 1996, Richard and his partner Adam Leff have co-authored Vanity Fair’s recurring infotainment feature, “The Intelligence Report.”
In 1998, Richard and Adam Leff founded the cultural futurist agency, Monkey Zero, which studies the progress of worldwide cultural phenomenon.
Richard is the author of three books: On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood, Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the 80’s and American Idol: The Untold Story.
In 2002, Richard worked for one season as a Supervising Producer of the reality dating show “Blind Date. In 2003, Richard and Stacey Grenrock Woods founded the LA Innuendo, a quarterly satirical review of LA culture, which they jointly edit.
Since the mid 00’s, Richard has worked as a writer, editor and manager of a variety of websites. From 2005 – 2009, he as Senior Editor of latimes.com, working as a leader of the team that created the newspaper’s modern website, including the creation of its entertainment section, and The Envelope awards site. Within four years he was responsible for turning latimes.com/entertainment into one of the internet’s most visited entertainment destinations. Author of the Webscout column, his groundbreaking series of articles on the lonelygirl15 mystery is widely credited as providing breakthrough which led to the final revalations of the truth behind that videos. He also authored the first article ever written on the new up and coming service called Twitter.
Since leaving the LA Times, Richard has managed and written for a variety of sites including Gawker, BuzzFeed, the Daily Beast, Yahoo and most recently served as Editor in Chief of the entertainment site, HitFix.
Richard lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Nicole Laporte, a distinguished journalist in her own right.