Curiosity, journalism skills and luck have allowed Margaret to explore eclectic topics in her freelance writing and editing, ranging from how food and dining can change gentrification to the shortage of hotel rooms in Music City. She has a soft spot for the southeast. She writes about western Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, with an emphasis on Nashville, where she lives.
For more than 25 years she has told stories for an offbeat and interesting cross-section of publications, including: Entrepreneur, Chicago magazine, the LA Times, USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Crain’s Chicago Business, Time Out Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, Marketing News, Rolling Stone Country, Executive Travel, the Nashville Scene, University Business, The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles, Working Mother, Mademoiselle, Teen, Sky and many others. She writes, edits and consults for several custom publishing companies.
Before freelance writing, she worked for the Rochester Business Journal, Prepared Foods, and as a researcher for the Chicago bureau of Forbes. She was executive editor at Mobil Travel Guide.
For more than a decade, she was a contributing editor for Chain Leader magazine. Until it folded in 2010, she wrote the Storyboard coverage of breaking advertising campaigns, as well as business features on restaurant companies.
Margaret has a B.A. in fine arts from Vanderbilt University and an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has taken courses at the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management. In her free time she digs in gardens (working toward becoming a Davidson County Master Gardener), hits the water on a stand-up paddleboard (working toward paddling in all 50 states and running Nashville Paddle Co.), organizes and competes in dragon boat races, makes hand-blocked hats, tries to keep a sourdough starter alive, and takes a lot of mental notes.
She is a member and past board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a two-time finalist for the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award. Her article on at-home pet first aid for Woman’s Day magazine won the Dog Writers Association of America general interest magazine Maxwell award in 2002. Margaret was chair of the 2001 Writers & Editors One-on-One Conference. She is a past member of the board of directors of Friends of the Forest Preserves and a past trustee of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado, Tennessee CASA, the Tennessee Clean Water Network, and the Cumberland River Compact, where she chaired Nashville’s annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival for several years. She was honored with the Compact’s Tributarian Award in 2014.
She is regularly interviewed for TV, radio and print publications. Past appearances have includes: SUP Radio Show, WGN Midday News, National Geographic Traveler and others.