Marcy Wheeler grew up bi-coastally, starting with every town in New York with an IBM. Then she moved to Poway, California, home of several participants in the Duke Cunningham scandal. Since then, she has lived in Western Massachusetts, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor, and — currently — Western Michigan.

She got a BA from Amherst College, where she spent much of her time on the rugby pitch. A PhD program in Comparative Literature brought her to Michigan; she got the PhD but decided academics was not her thing. Her research, though, was on a cool journalistic form called the “feuilleton” — a kind of conversational essay that was important to the expansion of modern newspapers in much of the rest of the world. It was pretty good preparation to become a blogger, if a PhD can ever be considered training for blogging.

After leaving academics, Marcy consulted for the auto industry, much of it in Asia. But her contract moved to Asia, along with most of Michigan’s jobs, so she did what anyone else would do. Write a book, and keep blogging. (Oh, and I hear Amazon still has the book for sale.)

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy met her husband Mr. emptywheel playing Ultimate Frisbee, though she retired from the sport some years ago. Marcy, Mr. EW and their dog — McCaffrey the MilleniaLab — live in Grand Rapids, MI.

Click here for a boring stuffy version of her biography.

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emptywheel @csoghoian My dad and mom were techs and I tested computers for dad when I was 11. Do I qualify? @OrinKerr
emptywheel @Dymaxion You mean dress like a horse w/a large horn growing out of your head?
bmaz @armandodkos @emptywheel As to Brady culpability, the Wells report is a load of scurrilous innuendo and supposition, i.e. garbage.
emptywheel @csoghoian Might want to wait until they actually appoint the person as one person's technologist is another person's lawyer w/a tech fetish
emptywheel @Dymaxion That said, given that they don't use 703, it's not clear govt is actually DOING what they claim they're obligated by law to do.
bmaz @kevinjonheller @SI_PeterKing Exactly. That may be beyond the scope of the all knowing sports press though.
bmaz Let Brady be Brady https://t.co/lOqffjGTAQ
bmaz @robertcaruso Fuck the Deflator. Take him out back.
bmaz Despite all Twitter yukking about "Deflator" I've not yet found one shred of evidnce Brady wanted anything other than footballs at low range
bmaz @Azara1Voice I am not a "cynic" I am a criminal defense attorney and look at the relative merits from that perspective.
bmaz @maassive Somebody checked and he's guy that takes pictures if Harris comes to LA office. Thought that this dope is a "key aide" is a joke
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