About Us

Our Mission

Welcome to History 101!

Did you know that Abe Lincoln was a great wrestler?

Did you know that Edith Wilson essentially performed the duties of the president while her husband Woodrow was ill?

Did you know that the Great Wall of China mixed sticky rice in with its mortar?

Neither did we! But we love learning about these facts and bringing them up with our friends every chance we get. Here at History 101, we couldn’t figure out why history is so often presented in such a dry, boring way. After all, it’s the greatest story of all time! We intend to put the story back in history by presenting it in a conversational and relevant way.

Our Writers


Matthew Black

Staff Writer

Matthew was born and raised in Seattle, WA and currently resides in San Diego, CA. Receiving an honors degree in history from the University of Washington, Matthew has since published a book and over a hundred web and print articles on a vast array of subjects. A man of many interests, he coaches soccer and travels the world when he’s not writing articles for History 101. He likes to say, “the devil’s in the details” and uses that approach to pour much of his energy into the research process.


Jay Newman

Jay Newman is one of the head writers and editors for the award-winning Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader trivia book series (20 million sold), a position he’s had since 1998. A storyteller at heart, Jay’s favorite subjects are history, science, pop culture, politics and language. His articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Neatorama, and Mental Floss. Jay and his wife, Sue, run a landscape and wildlife photography business out of their home in Ashland, Oregon. Their photos have appeared in several books, including “Crater Lake: Deep Blue Volcano.” You can find Jay on Facebook and Instagram at NewmanImages, and on LinkedIn at

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Sara Levine


Sara is a New York-based writer and editor who considers herself an expert on meme culture. She has written for Bustle, Modern Luxury, and Betches, among others. She is also a true crime lover and the host of Not Another True Crime Podcast. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @sarafcarter.

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Daniel Marzullo


As a professional copywriter and the founder of Marzullo & Associates, LLC, Dan produces strategic marketing content for start-ups, digital agencies, and established brands. He helps content marketers, business owners, and executives tell stories and build brands that communicate with their customers. Dan's work can take the form of a great bio, article, brochure, or advertisement that meets the client's goals.


Suzannah Weiss


Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer focused on gender and sexuality. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and more.

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