Allison Ellis
Professional/Personal Overview
  Well-published freelance writer and magazine journalist with 20+ years experience in lifestyle and consumer media. My work has appeared in Redbook, Marie Claire, Working Mother, Fodor's Travel Guides, NBC, MediaPost, ParentMap, Seattle Weekly, and The Seattle Times. Please see for more info.
Contact Info
  Allison Ellis
Seattle, WA 98105

Tel: 206-240-7159  
Work Samples
Kids & Family  
(GEICO Now, 4/30/2014)
Fido's finances can really add up. Which pets are priciest? Colorful 4-page spread, plus cost chart infographic.
(GEICO Now, 7/2/2013)
Want your kids to love cooking? These four experts have the recipes for success.
(ParentMap, 3/2/2013)
(GEICO Now, 11/1/2012)
Two-page feature spread on children's museums around the U.S.
(Working Mother, 10/19/2011)
Essay for Working Mother's Blog Carnival on paid parental leave.
(Working Mother, 10/1/2011)
2,000 word feature story on flexible child care solutions, including extensive research and reporting.
(Seattle Times, 2/14/2014)
Valentine's feature for NWAutos
(Seattle Times, 1/15/2014)
The 411 on tackling icy road conditions
(Fodor's Travel Guides, 6/1/2013)
Updated "Neighborhoods" and "Puget Sound Islands" chapters, including heavy fact checking, local travel, and writing clever, informative copy.
(GEICO Now, 3/1/2013)
Colorful two-page spread on the best lakes, rivers and natural swimming holes in the U.S.
Job Advice  
(The Seattle Times (NWJobs), 2/22/2013)
Time to sound off on the headphone debate.
(The Seattle Times (NWJobs), 10/26/2012)
Jobs feature on independent contracting.
(Seattle Times (NWJobs), 8/3/2012)
600-word career advice article, including research and reporting.
(Seattle Times (NWJobs), 7/6/2012)
Job search and interview tips for introverts.
Book Reviews  
(ParentMap, 1/31/2013)
Review of the highly controversial "The Heavy" by Dara-Lynn Weiss.
(Parent Map, 10/11/2012)
If 'End of Men' author Hanna Rosin is correct, my son is surely going to need to "woman up." Op/ed parenting commentary & book review.
Home & Garden  
(Seattle Times, 9/29/2014)
Stylish accents and little luxuries that will brighten your home during even the gloomiest of fall days.
(Seattle Times, 3/31/2014)
Celebrate the great outdoors with beautiful, functional accessories
(Marie Claire, 6/21/2014)
3,000-wd reported article on sexual assault on our nation's college campuses.
(TODAY Moms, NBC, 6/27/2012)
Op-ed piece on Nora Ephron's parenting legacy.
Personal Essays  
(HuffPo Living, 8/21/2014)
(Redbook, 5/1/2011)
Essay on widowhood and parenting for Redbook's "Stuff My Kids Taught Me" section.
(This I Believe, 8/30/2010)
Yes, I'm disorganized and I like it.
(Bellevue Visitor's Guide, 6/1/2013)
Luxury stores, local boutiques and eclectic consignment shops offer one-of-a-kind finds.
(Orange Magazine, 10/1/2012)
2,000-word feature article on social media fashion trends, highlighting the biggies: Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, The Sartorialist, @OscarPRGirl, and many others. Lots of detailed reporting and research went into this one.
(MediaPost, 9/9/2011)
Op-ed commentary on Teen Vogue's Fashion Week promotion.
Work Info
Content Editor (online) 15 Years
Copywriter 15 Years
Writer 23 Years
Fashion 10 Years
Travel 5 Years
Family, Children & Teenagers 20 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
23 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
The Seattle Times (11+), ParentMap (11+), Working Mother (3-5), Fodor's Travel Guides (3-5), SELF (1-2), Redbook (1-2), Marie Claire (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
GEICO (11+), Nordstrom (11+), (11+), Starbucks (11+)
Other Work History

Nordstrom, Inc.,
Managing Editor

Fox Family Worldwide
Vice President, Content

Free Range Media/Thomson Newspapers
Editorial Director

Medio Multimedia

Eastsideweek/Seattle Weekly
Calendar Editor
Laptop, digital camera
Northwest Writers Association
Society of Professional Journalists
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Seattle-Tacoma, WA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.