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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.
A look at the music behind the famed MLB team
A Q&A with the famed music mogul
A look at the year 2017 in sports
A look at the best & worst ads from 2018's Super Bowl
An introduction to a slew of up-and-coming boybands
A profile of the famed singer-songwriter.
A Q&A with the hit pop songwriter.
A humor piece for Shouts and Murmurs
A humor piece about UberPooling
A rundown of health tips from hot festival acts
A playlist curated by the smash act
A look at the hottest tech trends from CES 2018
A northern Italy travel guide based around the acclaimed film
A look at the best pubs Manchester, England has to offer
The LGBTQ Legacy of Judy Garland with daughter Lorna Luft
A look behind the scenes
for Time Magazine
Billboard article on Steinway and Sons
Freelance writer for sports, music, film sections
Company: Rolling Stone
I worked there from 8/2013 until now
Freelance writer for their print magazine & .com
Company: Billboard Magazine
I worked there from 1/2015 until now
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
Freelance writer for their style website
Company: New York Times T Magazine
I worked there from 1/2013 until 5/2015
Company: TIME Magazine
I worked there from 3/2019 until now