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COURTNEY E. SMITH

Writer * Storyteller * Editor * Journalist * Producer

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RECORD COLLECTING FOR GIRLS

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COURTNEY

Courtney E. Smith is the author of Record Collecting for Girls (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011), a feature writer, and cultural critic. She began her career at MTV, moving into the music programming department and yelling at everyone about indie rock until they agreed to play it. She feels very lucky that worked out. 


She transitioned to writing about music after launching the companion blog to MTV2’s Subterranean. She made her mark when she published a screed for Lenny Letter about the Rock Hall’s lack of women nominees that launched trend pieces in the New York Times and People. It also caused Steve Miller, a curmudgeon who was inducted in 2016, to yell at the whole place that they needed to stop ignoring women. That trend has continued at each induction ceremony since.

Most recently she’s been an editor and staff writer for CBS’s Radio.com and at Refinery29. At the latter, she focused on covering women's issues, especially on covering the Grammys and their mishandling of #MeToo and representation for women.

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