ANN POWERS

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Ann Powers is the popular music critic and a correspondent for National Public Radio. She writes for NPR’s music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR’s news magazines and music programs.

Powers was the chief popular music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 2006 – 2011, where she succeeded Robert Hillburn. Previously, she was senior critic at Blender and senior curator at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. From 1997 to 2001, Powers was a pop critic at The New York Times, and worked as a senior editor at the Village Voice prior to joiningThe New York Times. Powers began her career working as an editor and columnist at San Francisco Weekly.

Powers is currently writing a history of the erotic life of American music, to be published by Free Press. She most recently was editor of Best Music Writing 2010, and in 2005 co-authored Tori Amos: Piece By Piece with Amos. In 1999, Power’s book Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America was published by Da Capo Press. She was the editor, with Evelyn McDonnell, of the 1995 book Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Rap, and Pop.

Powers is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing, and she received her Master of Arts in English from the University of California.