Annie Zaleski is an award-winning freelance journalist, editor and critic based in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, she was on staff as an editor at the Riverfront Times and Alternative Press; currently, she’s a contributing writer at The A.V. Club and a columnist at Salon. Her profiles, interviews and criticism have appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, NPR Music, The Guardian, Billboard, Stereogum, Spin, Vulture, The Los Angeles Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Las Vegas Weekly. She has won numerous first place awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), including Best Arts Review (Digital Media, Freelance, 2017) and Best Feature Writing (Freelance, Digital Media, 2019). Zaleski also specializes in retrospective cultural criticism rooted in historical research. In 2016, she wrote the liner notes for the deluxe edition of R.E.M.'s Out of Time. She is currently working on the book Why the B-52s Matter (University of Texas Press) and a 33 1/3 book on Duran Duran's Rio.
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The Best Part
“To me, the best part of CLE is the thriving music scene—including its record stores, clubs and venues, and working artists.”