About Us

LateNighter covers the world of late-night television from the inside out. We report on breaking news, programming moves, personnel changes, ratings wins, and more, providing informed perspective on what’s happening across this dynamic daypart.

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Meet our team

LateNighter’s editor-in-chief Jennifer M Wood has been a journalist and editor for 20+ years, with bylines at The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Mental Floss, and MovieMaker Magazine, to name just a few. Her interest in late night began with sneak-watching SNL in ‘80s on the world’s tiniest black-and-white TV (come on, it was the ‘80s). She can often be found writing about the intersection of late-night and politics.

No reporter is more closely associated with late-night TV than Bill Carter. Over a 26 year career at the New York Times, he chronicled the daypart’s many machinations from the Carson era onward. His best-selling 1994 book, The Late Shift, spawned an HBO original movie of the same name and a 2010 follow-up, The War For Late Night. He also executive produced the 2020 CNN docuseries The Story of Late Night and hosted its companion podcast. We’re thrilled he’s back on the beat as LateNighter’s editor-at-large.

LateNighter’s ratings guru and editor-at-large A.J. Katz is no stranger to the business of television. He joins us fresh off an eight-year run at Adweek, where he served as TV & media reporter and the editor in charge of TVNewser, a site dedicated to coverage of broadcast, cable, and streaming news. Fun fact: television talk shows are in A.J.’s blood — his father executive produced Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in the 1980s, launching the show into national syndication. 

Staff writer Kelly Martinez joins LateNighter from Primetimer, where she served as a TV Reporter. She previously covered television for People Magazine and BuzzFeed and is a member of the Television Critics Association; she also has bylines in Entertainment Weekly, WIRED, The Daily Beast, Inverse, Paste, and more. Her interest in late-night TV first sparked as a kid when she was (finally!) allowed to stay up late to watch The Colbert Report with her parents. Her love of SNL reached new heights in college when she ran into Kate McKinnon and almost passed out on the spot.

Jed Rosenzweig’s passion for late-night television can be traced back to his teenage years when he was a regular on the standby ticket line for Saturday Night Live, but it was his own 12 year-old son’s obsession with present-day SNL that inspired this site. Jed cut his teeth on the web working at Yahoo! in its heyday, where he led the site’s movie and TV verticals through a period of explosive growth. Today he publishes LateNighter, Primetimer, and the subscription newsletter TV Tattle.

Humanity commitment

We are committed to creating content that’s worth your time. Our articles are written by human beings (not AI), and we strive for accuracy and integrity in our reporting. When we fall short, we hope you’ll let us know and give us the chance to make it right.