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Rob LeDonne

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Nationally published freelancer

About Me

www.robledonne.com


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

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8459949/dodgers-organist-dieter-ruehle-music

Billboard- Q&A with Clive Davis

A Q&A with the famed music mogul

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8096437/clive-davis-on-his-legendary-pre-grammy-gala-being-impressed-with-ed-sheeran

Rolling Stone- Year in Sports 2017

A look at the year 2017 in sports

http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/lists/tom-brady-to-takeaknee-sports-most-memorable-moments-2017-w513507

Rolling Stone- Super Bowl Commercial Recap

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

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/pictures/super-bowl-ads-2018-best-worst-wtf-commercials-w516327

Vulture/NY Magazine- Inside the Boyband Renaissance

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

http://www.vulture.com/2017/10/your-guide-to-the-2017-boy-band-renaissance.html

Vulture/NY Mag- Skylar Grey

A profile of the famed singer-songwriter.

http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/skylar-grey-cant-stop-writing-hits.html

GQ- Justin Tranter Q&A

A Q&A with the hit pop songwriter.

https://www.gq.com/story/grammy-nominated-songwriter-justin-tranter-is-truly-a-pop-whisperer

The New Yorker- Scenes from the Republican Convention

A humor piece for Shouts and Murmurs

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/scenes-from-the-final-day-of-the-republican-national-convention

Time Out New York- The Horrors of UberPooling

A humor piece about UberPooling

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/taking-uberpool-in-nyc-is-just-never-a-good-idea?package_page=97771

Equinox's Furthermore- How Coachella Stars stay Healthy

A rundown of health tips from hot festival acts

https://origin-furthermore.equinox.com/articles/2018/04/coachella-healthy

Equinox's Furthermore- The Chainsmokers Playlist

A playlist curated by the smash act

https://origin-furthermore.equinox.com/articles/2018/01/chainsmokers-playlist

Equinox's Furthermore- The Latest in Sleep Tech

A look at the hottest tech trends from CES 2018

https://origin-furthermore.equinox.com/articles/2018/01/ces-fitness-tech

Marriott Traveler- Call Me By Your Name travel guide

A northern Italy travel guide based around the acclaimed film

https://traveler.marriott.com/culture-and-style/call-me-by-your-name-movie-filming-locations-italy/

Marriott Traveler- Manchester Pub rundown

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

https://traveler.marriott.com/eat-and-drink/kick-back-cold-one-10-quintessential-manchester-pubs/

The LGBTQ Legacy of Judy Garland with daughter Lorna Luft

The LGBTQ Legacy of Judy Garland with daughter Lorna Luft

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8518081/judy-garland-stonewall

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

A look behind the scenes

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8517736/katy-perry-never-really-over-video

TIME Magazine- Inside Broadway hit BE MORE CHILL

for Time Magazine

http://time.com/5555709/be-more-chill-musical-review/

Playboy- Inside SONG OF THE YEAR winner THIS IS AMERICA

For Playboy

https://www.playboy.com/read/ludwig-goransson-childish-gambino-black-panther

Billboard- Exploring the Legend of Bob Dylan in Oklahoma

Billboard

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8514445/bob-dylan-archive-oklahoma

Billboard- The History of Steinway and Sons Pianos

Billboard article on Steinway and Sons

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8507683/integral-to-over-a-century-of-piano-culture-steinway-sons-looks-to-the-future

Experience

Writer

Freelance writer for sports, music, film sections

Company: Rolling Stone

I worked there from 8/2013 until now

Writer

Freelance writer for their print magazine & .com

Company: Billboard Magazine

I worked there from 1/2015 until now

Writer

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

Writer

Freelance writer for their style website

Company: New York Times T Magazine

I worked there from 1/2013 until 5/2015

Writer

Company: TIME Magazine

I worked there from 3/2019 until now

Content I Write