About me

Hello! I’m Marisa Kabas, a Brooklyn-based independent writer and reporter. After watching the journalism infrastructure crumble over the last decade, I decided that I needed to have a place where I could share my work and thoughts no matter what. Thus, The Handbasket was born.

When I launched in June 2022, it was a side project—somewhere to publish more personal stuff or pieces I knew corporate outlets would never take. But in the summer of 2023, I decided to bet on myself and go all in on making this space a success. I’ve deeply covered former Congressman George Santos, the police raid on a small Kansas newspaper, Elon Musk’s antisemitism, and the lived experience on an American Jew.

I’m glad to have you here, and I hope you’ll soon consider yourself a ‘Basketeer.

Why subscribe?

A free subscription says “Hey! I like what you do!,” which is much appreciated. A paid subscription says “Hey! I like what you do and want you to be able to create more of it!” Both mean so much to me, but if you have the means, do consider a paid subscription! Or give one as a gift to someone you think would appreciate my work.

The Handbasket in the news

10/24/23 - The Daily Beast blogs about my original reporting

10/2/23 - The Washington Post references my original reporting

8/26/23 - The Washington Post quotes my original reporting

8/21/23 - Columbia Journalism Review quotes my original reporting

2/27/23 - Guest on MSNBC’s All In with Christ Hayes

2/19/23 - Panelist on MSNBC’s AYMAN

1/11/23 - Guest on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

1/18/23 - Guest on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

12/10/22 - Panelist on MSNBC’s AYMAN

10/23/22 - Panelist on MSNBC’s America’s Voices




The Handbasket is 100% independent journalism by writer and reporter Marisa Kabas. It can now be found at https://www.thehandbasket.co/


freelance writer/reporter