A hardbitten media industry survivor who always seems to land on his feet, Aaron Gell is a freelance writer living in upstate New York. He has served as an adjunct instructor of journalism in NYU's Prison Education Program, editor-in-chief of The New York Observer and of Hemispheres magazine, features editor of Task & Purpose, deputy editor of Business Insider, executive editor of Radar, and senior features editor of W. He has been a contributor to numerous publications, including The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Republic, The Baffler, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York, GQ, Elle, Dirt: A Supplement to Sassy, and The New York Times. Gell is the author of “Friend of the Devil,” Longform.org’s “most clicked” story of 2015, and “Unlucky Charms: The Rise and Fall of Billion-Dollar Jewelry Empire Alex + Ani,” SABEW’s best business feature of 2020 and a Loeb Award finalist. His 2018 story “Did Brian Easley Have to Die?” served as the basis for the feature film Breaking, starring John Boyega and Michael K. Williams. 

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(Above: Demolition Derby grandstand, Delaware County, NY, 2022, by Aaron Gell)