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Rob LeDonne


Nationally published freelancer

About Me


Rob LeDonne is a Brooklyn-based writer who has written for some of the most prestigious publications, brands and properties in American culture.

He most frequently pens a wide array of features, Q&As and other content across Billboard's online and print properties. Since 2014, LeDonne has been a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, penning pieces on sports, music and film. He also writes material for New York, GQ, Vulture, ESPN.com, Maxim, Vice, Nylon, Nylon Guys, Teen Vogue, MEL, and the New York Times. Brand clients include penning a wide variety of material for Equinox (working on content featuring artists like The Chainsmokers, Leon Bridges, and David Guetta), as well as Marriott and Smashbox Studios. 

A native of upstate New York, LeDonne is also a comedy writer who kicked off his career as a 'joke faxer' for the debut season of Jimmy Fallon's Late Night in 2009. Since then, he he has penned material for a variety of television programs and specials including Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update (2011- 2015), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (his final season), the Creative Artists Emmy Awards (2014, 2015, 2016), MTV's Video Music Awards (2010), and Fox's Teen Choice Awards (2010). In addition, he's served as a consulting writer for the Onion News Network (2012), MTV Weekends (2013), the Billboard.com web series Charts Center (2015), and a series of videos for the the artist Stromae (2015).

He also also served as a writer for A&E's Critics' Choice Awards (2016). He has also written comedic pieces that have been published in The New Yorker, Playboy, Billboard, Complex and Funny or Die, and is regular contributed for Time Out New York's 'Rants' section.

Born in Brooklyn, LeDonne is a graduate of New York's New School and has also attended Hofstra University and UCLA. He has studied and performed comedy at Second City: Chicago (as part of their Comedy Studies program in 2007), as well as New York's Upright Citizens Brigade and the People's Improv Theater. His birthday is May 7th.   

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My Writing Samples

Billboard- Music of the LA Dodgers

A look at the music behind the famed MLB team


Billboard- Q&A with Clive Davis

A Q&A with the famed music mogul


Rolling Stone- Year in Sports 2017

A look at the year 2017 in sports


Rolling Stone- Super Bowl Commercial Recap

A look at the best & worst ads from 2018's Super Bowl


Vulture/NY Magazine- Inside the Boyband Renaissance

An introduction to a slew of up-and-coming boybands


Vulture/NY Mag- Skylar Grey

A profile of the famed singer-songwriter.


GQ- Justin Tranter Q&A

A Q&A with the hit pop songwriter.


The New Yorker- Scenes from the Republican Convention

A humor piece for Shouts and Murmurs


Time Out New York- The Horrors of UberPooling

A humor piece about UberPooling


Equinox's Furthermore- How Coachella Stars stay Healthy

A rundown of health tips from hot festival acts


Equinox's Furthermore- The Chainsmokers Playlist

A playlist curated by the smash act


Equinox's Furthermore- The Latest in Sleep Tech

A look at the hottest tech trends from CES 2018


Marriott Traveler- Call Me By Your Name travel guide

A northern Italy travel guide based around the acclaimed film


Marriott Traveler- Manchester Pub rundown

A look at the best pubs Manchester, England has to offer


The LGBTQ Legacy of Judy Garland with daughter Lorna Luft

The LGBTQ Legacy of Judy Garland with daughter Lorna Luft


Billboard-Behind the scenes of Katy Perry's latest music video

A look behind the scenes


TIME Magazine- Inside Broadway hit BE MORE CHILL

for Time Magazine



For Playboy


Billboard- Exploring the Legend of Bob Dylan in Oklahoma



Billboard- The History of Steinway and Sons Pianos

Billboard article on Steinway and Sons




Freelance writer for sports, music, film sections

Company: Rolling Stone

I worked there from 8/2013 until now


Freelance writer for their print magazine & .com

Company: Billboard Magazine

I worked there from 1/2015 until now


Freelance joke writer for their Weekend Update news segment

Company: Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update

I worked there from 9/2011 until 5/2015


Freelance writer for their style website

Company: New York Times T Magazine

I worked there from 1/2013 until 5/2015


Company: TIME Magazine

I worked there from 3/2019 until now

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

3 Perfect Summer Cocktails

This would be a rundown of three summery cocktails, curated by a top NYC bartender. Each would be themed to the hot weather and while unique, accessible to the average consumer. Each entry would feature catchy names, a background of how it was made. The story would touch on a background of the chosen mixologist as well.

Content type: Blog Post


Houseplants: A Pratical Guide

Houseplants are trendy with millennials, so it could be fun to put together a beginner's guide to the art of choosing houseplants. Which are the best for someone who's not home? Which are cheapest? Which display best? This piece would explain all.

Content type: Blog Post


The Music of Istanbul: Inside the Best Venues

From small to large, this piece would look at some notable music venues located around Istanbul. Each would break down what kind of artists perform, what to expect, and offer tips and tricks. As a freelance music journalist, a piece like this is right in my wheelhouse.

Content type: Article


5 Common Mistakes Freelance Writers Make

From not keeping a log of money owed to not crafting pitches that suits a brand's voice, this would be a rundown of frequent missteps freelance writers can easily make. (Can up to 10 tips for $250).

Content type: Article