Kara Weisenstein


Kara Weisenstein is a culture writer at Mic, where she covers all facets of entertainment and art, offering smart, nuanced analysis of the news and diversions that captivate us. Since joining Mic in 2019, she has penned hundreds of pieces that run the gamut from in-depth features to insightful essays to breaking news. Kara once asked real female chess stars what 'The Queen's Gambit' gets right and got a lawyer to explain exactly how Brittney Spears might get out of her conservatorship. She argued it's time to abolish the British monarchy, explored whether VHS tapes are worth anything, asked a "meme manager" how to get rich off NFTs, and begged people not to call Claudia Conway a Gen Z resistance leader. She loves a vintage entertainment moment and has written glowing tributes to classic films like 'Moonstruck' and 'Young Frankenstein.' Prior to joining Mic, Kara was an associate culture editor at VICE, where she commissioned tons of entertainment coverage and penned many of her own pieces, including a retrospective of Winona Ryder's film career. Before that, she edited 'The Creators Project,' VICE's former vertical dedicated to emerging art. Kara has been a freelance journalist since 2013 and has also written for publications like The Outline and TIME. Prior to making the leap to writing and editing, she worked in advertising at R/GA and Situation Interactive and in theater administration at The Drama League. Kara studied theater and political science at Northwestern University. After college, she spent 8+ years living in New York City but now resides in St. Louis, Missouri, where she's originally from.