Dante Chinni has been a journalist for two decades, with stints at Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. He has also lived the freelance life with pieces appearing in outlets ranging from the Washington Post Magazine to The Economist to The New Republic.
While he is now a card-carrying member of the East Coast Media Industrial Complex (bouncing between Washington, D.C., and New York), Dante’s roots are still firmly planted in the Industrial Midwest. He grew up outside Detroit and went to college at Michigan State University, where he studied journalism and history.
His work now centers on exploring the country through the lens of the twelve community types of Patchwork Nation, a project he invented and the Knight Foundation generously funded. The project is the focus of Our Patchwork Nation, which was released in Fall 2010 by Gotham Books.
Dante lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Christina Ianzito, and two children.