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Jana Meisenholder


Jana Meisenholder is an independent journalist, writer, and investigative researcher whose work has been published in The Atavist Magazine, Rolling Stone, Truly Adventurous, The Wall Street Journal, and Nylon, among other places. She primarily covers character-driven stories about family, culture, and true crime and also reports & writes deep-dive long-form features. (You can listen to her latest interview with the Creative Nonfiction Podcast here.)

In early 2021, Jana launched Unearthed, an online publication featuring Q&A-style interviews with noteworthy individuals. (Highlights include: the autistic woman in Indiana single-handedly running one of the largest missing person databases in the U.S. and the real-life robotics professor who inspired one of Disney's most beloved animated characters.)

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two dogs. You can reach her at


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