Chris Roney is an award-winning journalist with bylines in HuffPost, InStyle, and POPSUGAR, where he started as an editor in 2017 before becoming Lead Editor, Copy in 2020. In 2021, POPSUGAR named him as its first-ever Standards and Ethics Editor. In his new role, he will direct DEI initiatives across all content in the US and UK. He will also train all staff and contribute to the evolution and training of standards across Group Nine Media. He is the lead author of Group Nine Media’s Diversity and Sensitivity Guide, a 60-page guide to socially conscious journalism. Informed by his career as a journalist for human rights, it is available to everyone at POPSUGAR, NowThis, Thrillist, Seeker, and The Dodo.
He is a chair of Pride at Group Nine Media, where he hosts a speaker series. He also sits on IDEA’s content committee, for which he won a Spark award for his work that “anticipates, welcomes, and embraces change“ and for “encouraging smart risks“ in 2021. He also won an APEX award of excellence for “exceptional” interview writing in 2021 for his interview on Hollywood’s limited imagination around disability with actor Mat Fraser. Chris has contributed commentary to NPR, MTV, Entrepreneur, and Crooked Media’s What a Day podcast. In 2021, he was an organizer of Queer Liberation March. He is a judge of the 2021 San Francisco Latino Film Festival. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.