About Us

Long Lead is a story studio focused on finding, funding, producing, and publishing original, in-depth journalism.

In addition to funding the reporting, we contract veteran independent writers, photographers, filmmakers, and designers to produce best-in-class editorial products.

With an eye for ambitious, ground-breaking stories, we publish work about any subject, in any medium, anywhere in the world.


John Patrick Pullen

Over nearly two decades, JPP has worked as both a freelance journalist and a staff editor at TIME and Fortune, gaining expertise in both sides of the trade. As Long Lead’s founding editor, he’s using that experience to build a new model for journalism, one that puts independent contributors first.

Natalie Matutschovsky

As Long Lead's creative director, Natalie collaborates with artists to create innovative approaches to visual storytelling. She previously produced award-winning photography at TIME, The New Yorker, and Apple and has partnered with brands such as Nike, Hulu, and TikTok to develop everything from brand libraries to editorial content.


Garrett M. Graff

A journalist and historian, Garrett M. Graff has covered politics, technology, and national security for The New York Times, POLITICO, and WIRED. His book The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 became an instant New York Times Best Seller.

Xan Rice

A former foreign correspondent for The Guardian and The Financial Times, and former features editor for The New Statesman, Xan Rice has contributed to The New Yorker, Granta, and The Atlantic.

Jun Cen

An award-winning Chinese illustrator and animator, Jun Cen has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. His art has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.

Darren Loucaides

Covering the intersection of politics and tech, Darren Loucaides has written for outlets including WIRED, Financial Times, The Guardian, and openDemocracy.

Daan Verhoeven

A world record-holding freediver, Daan Verhoeven has photographed almost all AIDA freediving world championships since 2012. His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Guardian, among other outlets.

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Specializing in science, culture, and history, Linda Rodriguez McRobbie has contributed to The Atlantic, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, The Boston Globe, and other publications. Her latest book Ouch! explores the science of pain.