From Pop-Tart Guns to Nearly Naked Statues: Protecting Students from Non-Dangers. Skenazy, former columnist for the New York Daily News, The New York Sun, NPR, and Mad Magazine, is best known for her 2008 column in The New York Sun, "Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone," describing her making the controversial decision to let her son take the subway home alone. The piece resulted in a flood of reactions ranging from accusations of child abuse to fond memories of first-time subway trips and childhood freedom. The story was covered on The Today Show, Fox News, and MSNBC two days after the column appeared, later becoming worldwide news and being featured on Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. The surrounding fanfare led to her 2009 book, Free-Range Kids. Skenazy is the host of the reality television show World's Worst Mom on TLC International. She is a 1981 graduate of Yale University.