Born in Manhattan, Meredith's obsession with magazines dates back to her convincing her kid sister to pose with her for a fake cover of Modern Bride at a Hershey Park kiosk. But it began in earnest with her Seventeen subscription, a gift for her 11th birthday. She went on to become copy editor of her high school yearbook. This led to winning a college scholarship from Teen People, which went to one high school journalism student in each of New York City's five boroughs (she claimed Staten Island's in 2000). Following her freshman year at Brandeis University, where she was a Presidential Scholar, she interned at Teen People. She later was accepted into the prestigious American Society of Magazine Editors internship program. After graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis with a degree in American Studies and a certificate in Journalism (and having made the dean's list every semester--dusts off shoulders), she became an editorial assistant at Ladies' Home Journal. That's where she set her sights on one day becoming an editor-in-chief.
But first, she had to climb, climb, climb (and stumble, and climb again). A brief timeline:
- Ladies' Home Journal (Meredith), editorial assistant, 2004 - 2005
- BusinessWeek Online (back in the McGraw Hill days), project assistant, 2005 - 2006
- Brides' Local Magazines/Brides.com (Conde Nast), assistant editor, 2006 - 2007
- Parenting (Bonnier), associate editor, 2007 - 2008
- Babytalk (Bonnier), senior editor, 2008
- The Knot, weddings editor, 2009
- WhatToExpect.com (Everyday Health), senior associate editor, 2010 - 2011
- WomansDay.com (Hearst), senior editor, 2011 - 2015
- FirstforWomen.com/WomansWorld.com (Bauer Xcel), executive editor 2015 - 2016
- Working Mother (Bonnier), editor-in-chief, 2016 - present
Mission accomplished, but as the magazine industry fades, Meredith is excited to pivot to what's next.