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Freelance writing, feature writing, magazine editing, longform journalism
Jason Buhrmester is an award-winning journalist, editor, writer and author.
He has served as editorial director of Playboy magazine and as an editor at Blender, GOOD magazine, and Nylon publishing. His writing has appeared in Spin, Wired, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, Robb Report, Malibu Magazine and other publications.
During his tenure as editorial director at Playboy, Buhrmester oversaw all editorial content for 20 million unique visitors and 500,000 magazine readers every month. He has embedded a reporter with the Afghanistan Special Forces during a firefight with ISIS, smuggled a writer into a beauty pageant in Mexico where notorious drug lords allegedly recruit their wives, and sent a crime reporter to Puerto Rico to investigate the mysterious murder of boxing legend Hector Camacho.
Buhrmester has negotiated high-profile interviews ranging from Rachel Maddow and former NSA director Michael Hayden to Matthew McConaughey and Don Cheadle and collaborated on op-eds with personalities such as Bill Maher, Kim Basinger, Larry King, Cindy Crawford, hip-hop star Killer Mike, boxer Oscar de la Hoya and others.
In 2016, he worked with Hugh M. Hefner to redesign and relaunch Playboy for the first time in the company’s 60-year history. Adweek dubbed the relaunch "Hottest Reborn Magazine” and during Buhrmester’s tenure Playboy won numerous awards from the New York Press Club, Folio, Longreads and others, including “Best Crime Reporting” and “Best Feature” from the Los Angeles Press Club.
Elsewhere in his career, Buhrmester served as editor-at-large at the ASME award-winning GOOD magazine. He provided daily online coverage of the positive impact people are making in the world for nearly 10 million monthly users including stories on a soccer program for Syrian refugees, a surf camp for autistic children and charitable efforts by professional athletes and personalities. He has worked as content manager for The Aerospace Corporation, where he reports on space exploration, artificial intelligence, satellite technology and other technical stories.
Buhrmester is also the author of two novels; “Black Dogs,” published by Random House/Three Rivers, and the forthcoming novel “Five Four Three Two One,” both currently in film production.