Trip Gabriel (b. 1955)

Journalist and former style and fashion editor for the New York Times. In 2010, Gabriel gave up editing to return to full-time reporting; he writes mostly about schools and such education issues as the importance of “the almighty essay” in college admissions. “Prose in which an author’s voice emerges through layers of perfectly correct sentences,” Gabriel warns college administrators, “is the hardest kind of writing there is.”