The Fed

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A famous Fed cartoon.

The Fed is a monthly undergraduate humor newspaper.

The name is an allusion to the Federalist Papers (not the Federal Reserve!), and a relic from when the paper was a forum for political discussion with a somewhat conservative orientation. It was founded in 1986 by "a libertarian, a conservative, and a socialist (although no one knows which was which)". One of them, Neil Gorsuch, is now a federal court judge, which some consider ironic. Another was Andrew Levy, who was probably the libertarian.

The paper has undergone many changes in mission, style, form, and success, though it has experienced relatively few interruptions in production since the publication of its first issues. Currently, it prints mostly oddball humor, satirizing trends, politics, and life at Columbia and elsewhere, as well as occasional investigative pieces and interviews with various famous people.

Among its regular features is "They Watch," which derides social and Columbia-related trends, and oft-controversial cartoons. The newspaper almost died after publishing the infamous Wacky Fun Whitey cartoon.

Fed Bash

A party hosted by The Fed in late September in Lerner Party Space.

Current and former members

Editors in Chief

  • Sam Kazer and David Salazar, 2013-2014
  • Jorja Knauer and Kaitlin Johnson, 2012-2013
  • Elliott Grieco, 2011-2012
  • Aarti Iyer and Jeffrey Scharfstein, 2010-2011
  • Rachel Paige Katz, 2009-2010
  • Sam Reisman, 2008-2009
  • Chas Carey, 2007-2008
  • Kareem Shaya, 2006-2007
  • Sam Jenning, 2005-2006
  • Mike Ilardi, 2004-2005
  • Kate Sullivan, 2002-2004
  • Paul Campion, 2002
  • Meghan Keane, 2001-2002
  • Anna Chodos, 2000-2001
  • Laurie Marhoefer and Tom Bellin, 1998-2000


  • Jenna Lomeli, Fall 2013
  • Anna Quincy, 2012-2013; Spring 2013
  • Conor Skelding, 2011-2012
  • Ben Ehrlich, 2009-2011
  • Sophie Litschwartz, 2008-2009
  • Michael Bredin, 2007-2008
  • Russell Spitzer, 2006-2007
  • Bill McLaughlin, 2004-2006
  • Ethan Heitner, 2003-2004
  • Edward Ehrbar, 2001-2003

Notable Alumni

  • Neil Gorsuch, judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Andrew Levy, ombudsman and contributor to Fox News Channel's late-night show Red Eye

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