Emily graduated with a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. While she was in college she spent a semester interning at The Oregonian in Portland. She also studied French at the Université Sorbonne and got a master’s in creative nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. 
Emily Badger's first job was as an agate clerk in the sports department of the Chicago Tribune during her last year of high school. She began her journalism career in the exciting world of sports. Interning for The Washington Post sports section and writing for The Orlando Sentinel. After 5 years of covering sweaty athletes Emily decided to switch up her career path. She moved to Paris, studied French and started freelancing for a long list of sites. She eventually planted herself at The Atlantic Cities blog in 2013. Emily was a reporter for Washington Post's Wonkblog where she covered urban policy, she left in 2016. She has also been a staff writer at CityLab, and UpshotNYT. 
Emily is an extremely prolific journalist. Her work has appeared in the following publications: The New York Times, MSN, Folha de S.Paulo, The Washington Post, The Independent, Medium, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, Business Insider, Gizmodo, The Sydney Morning Herald, NDTV, The Economic Times, Fast Company, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Christian Science Monitor, Albany Business Review, Boston.com, Barrington Courier-Review, Salon, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, The Seattle Times, Tampa Bay Times, The Indian Express, American City Business Journals, Newsday, The Denver Post, The Dallas Morning News, The New Zealand Herald, The Boston Globe, National Post, The Irish Times, The Kansas City Star, The Oregonian, Sun-Sentinel, The Star (South Africa), Business Report, Star Tribune, Business Standard, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gulf News, Pulse Nigeria, The Charlotte Observer, The New Republic, RealClearPolitics, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pioneer Press, The Salt Lake Tribune, Daily Herald (Chicago, IL), Stars and Stripes, Financial Post, Hartford Courant, The News and Observer, The Columbus Dispatch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Morning Call, Lexington Herald-Leader, The Wichita Eagle, Las Vegas Sun, Times Union (Albany), CityLab, Anchorage Daily News, The State, The Business Times (Singapore), WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC), Domain, The Buffalo News, The Providence Journal, Albuquerque Journal, HoustonChronicle.com, Tacoma News Tribune, Winnipeg Free Press, Gazeta do Povo, Pacific Standard Magazine, AM New York, The Texas Tribune, Idaho Statesman, Sun Herald, The Tribune (San Luis Obispo), NextGov, New Hampshire Union Leader, The Bradenton Herald, The Ledger, Ledger-Enquirer, Belleville News-Democrat, The Modesto Bee, New Haven Register, Centre Daily Times, The Oakland Press, The Herald (Rock Hill), The Telegraph (Macon), The Sun News, South Bend Tribune, The Island Packet, Pulse Ghana, The State Journal-Register, The Santa Fe New Mexican, The Olympian, and more! 
Emily grew up in Chicago but she has also lived in Portland, Cleveland, Orlando, Tallahassee, Paris, Norfolk and Atlanta. She's passionate about hiking and still wants to visit Mount Rainier, Denali, Acadia, Zion and more national parks. She has two cats named after Louis Jordan’s "Beans and Cornbread".