Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Wells (she/her) and I write about Pets and Style for Wirecutter, the product review brand of the New York Times. I’m also co-chair of the Black@NYT employee resource group, and my platform focuses on inclusion and the development of underrepresented voices at the Times. In 2020, I received top awards from the Cat Writers’ Association and the Dog Writers Association of America. I’m a two-time Publisher’s Award winner for my ambitious efforts driving inclusion, innovation and impact across the company. I’m also member of the Poynter Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, which selects pioneers in digital media who have demonstrated an aptitude for leadership.
A service journalist at my core, I have a decade of experience showing readers how to be more informed and safer consumers. No matter if it’s teaching them how to help their pets survive the pandemic, warning them of the dangers of infant bath seats, or revealing the dirty little secrets of a blue-light-blocking glasses, I’ll share with them how to stretch their dollar further while making educated decisions for their families.
I’ve written for ABCnews.com, Consumer Reports, MarketWatch.com, MSNMoney.com, Nautilus, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal Sunday, and the Washington Post, among others. My commentary on diverse literature has appeared in Book Page, Diverse Kids Books, and the New York Times Sunday Book Review. I’ve also contributed to Forty Acres of Fun, an anthology about the history of student life at The University of Texas at Austin.
I have an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a B.J. (B.A.) from The University of Texas at Austin. I live in New York City with my wonderful husband and two rambunctious pets. In my down time, I volunteer with the ASPCA and DiverseSources.org, a database of industry experts.