Gina Tron writes true crime for Oxygen’s website and is an editor-at-large for Ladygunn. She has contributed to The Washington Post, VICE, Politico, The Daily Beast, XoJane, Salon, Noisey, Your Tango, Broadly, BULLETT, the Billfold, Wedding Guide, Wedding Pride, Psychic Gloss, Sentimentalist and Nation Inside (an organization that advocates for prisoners). While working towards her MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (which she obtained in 2018,) she worked as an essay editor for the online section of Hunger Mountain for a semester. She is a volunteer for Writers for Recovery.
Several of Gina’s works have had massive reach and international success, including her work on the opioid epidemic. She helped break a national story about heroin exploding in Vermont with a 2013 VICE magazine article called “Brown Mountain State,” and a 2014 Politico article called “How Did Idyllic Vermont Become America’s Heroin Capital?,” where she wrote about her personal experience with peers dying from heroin. Soon after, National Public Radio’s Michel Martin program, Tell Me More, and Minnesota Public Radio both interviewed her. Rolling Stone cited her Politico article, and Seven Days credited her for “introducing the world to Vermont’s heroin problem.”
For nearly two years, she worked as a full-time reporter for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus in Vermont. While there she won an award from the Vermont Press Association for her journalism on the opiate crisis. Previously, she worked for a year as a music journalist at Westword, an alt-weekly in Denver. Gina also worked as the editor-in-chief of Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Magazine for three seasons, a small print magazine that corresponded with a Brooklyn fashion show that she was the creative director for. She has additionally been the coordinator for Vermont’s largest fashion show STRUT for the last three years.
Gina has authored three books, You’re Fine., a memoir, published in 2014 with Papercut Press. Interview Magazine called the book“vibrant, darkly funny, and courageously candid.” In 2015, she collaborated with photographer Jena Cumbo for We Met On The Internet, a book about couples who met online. Their research for the project has been publicized around the world including The New York Times, ABC News, Buzzfeed, VICE, and French newspaper Rue89. We Met On The Internet was called “an anthropological study” by The New York Times. They were also on the cover of Wysokie Obcasy, a magazine in Poland. A press in Denver, Cheeseburger Nebula Galactic Press, published a collection of dark comedic short stories of Gina’s in 2016 called Eggolio and Other Fables. Many of the stories take place in rural locations and are deeply satirical in nature.
Early on in Gina’s writing career she was a regular contributor for Woman Around Town, Brooklyn Exposed and arts and music magazine Pork and Mead. She had one short fiction story published in an issue of the horror literary magazine Trembles. She also worked in television production for a decade, creating graphics for television networks like Lifetime and working as a technical director for a CBS affiliate and other organizations.
You can check out her old cartoon blog at http://ginatron-blog.tumblr.com/ Most of the drawings were done during slow hours while she was working at a television station owned by the Brooklyn Diocese.