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  Susan Sherrill Axelrod
Professional/Personal Overview
  An award-winning journalist and seasoned editor, my career includes newspaper and magazine staff positions, both digital and print, affording me a wide range of experience and access to first-rate contacts. My portfolio includes food, wine/beer and spirits features, restaurant and cookbook reviews, nutrition and fitness, entertaining, and food-centric travel stories. Among many other projects, I have: reported on women brewers in Maine; covered the farm-to-table movement in the Berkshires; developed recipes for "Lighten Up America," a cookbook by Cooking Light; and written a weekly cooking column for a New Jersey daily newspaper. Currently, I am the social media editor at the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday.com; I also cover the food/drink scene in Portland and throughout Maine. With my husband, photographer Ted Axelrod, I blog at spoonandshutter.com
Work Info
Copywriter 8 Years
Editor 15 Years
Writer 15 Years
Home & Garden 8 Years
Lifestyle 12 Years
Food 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Northeast Flavor Magazine (3-5), boho magazine (3-5), Downeast Magazine (1-2), Food Network Magazine (1-2), Forbes Travel Guide (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Funky Bow Brewery (11+), Kennebunkport Resort Collection (6-10), Oakhurst Dairy (1-2)
Other Work History
Editor, Eater Maine (eater.maine.com)
The Record - Food Editor and columnist
(201) Magazine - Food and Entertainment Editor
The Ridgewood News - Editor
Bergen County Newspapers - Managing Editor
Computer Skills
Word, Windows XP, Quark (editing), WordPress, Photoshop, Moveable Type, Clickability and other platforms.
Technical Skills
Social media strategy and analytics; website design and management, recipe development
laptop; camera (iPhone)
SD600; audio recorder
Foreign Language Skills
Some French and Italian
Work Permits & Visas
valid US passport
Happy to provide if you request them.
Various NJPA (New Jersey Press Association) awards for newspaper writing and page design (including several first place awards)
Association of Food Journalists
International Association of Food, Wine & Travel Writers
BA, French and Italian literature, Trinity College, Hartford
Semester abroad study in Rome, Italy
From 1989-1999, I owned a restaurant, which I created and where I both cooked and ran the dining room; I believe this gives me a unique perspective for writing restaurant reviews and other restaurant-related stories.
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Staff Assignments/Print & Online  
(MaineToday Magazine, 6/17/2015)
The Boothbay region is one of the busiest vacation destinations in Maine, with a mix of fishing village charm and touristy kitsch. Here's where and how to avoid the crowds.
(Portland Press Herald, 5/20/2015)
The anchor restaurant at Portland's strikingly modern Hyatt hotel is poised to wow with an equally stunning contemporary design, an avant garde open kitchen, and a menu that celebrates local produce in exotic (for Maine) ways.
(MaineToday Magazine, 4/15/2015)
At the new iteration of the old general store, you'll still find staples, like milk, bread and batteries, but also woodburning pizza ovens, homemade baked goods and sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients.
(Portland Press Herald: Source section, 10/14/2014)
Close on the heels of Maine's micro-brewing boom, and reflecting the interest in all things artisanal, craft distilling is on the rise.
(Portland Press Herald, 9/12/2014)
It began, as many crazy but brilliant ideas do, in the wee hours of the morning after a certain amount of drinking.The idea: to get Maine brewers to make beers in honor of actor Bill Murray and then invite him to Portland to drink them during Portland Beer Week.
Freelance Work  
(Forbes Travel Guide, 1/1/2014)
Travel guide assignments covering New Jersey and Maine hotels and restaurants
Online Only Features  
(MaineToday.com, 12/31/2014)
Sure, there are plenty of popular pubs for burgers and local beer, but you'll also find first-rate Korean food at Sunday River, famous fried clams at Sugarloaf, a farm-to-table bistro near Saddleback and a quirky gastropub just down the road from Shawnee Peak.
(MaineToday.com, 12/30/2014)
A detailed look back at the year, including restaurants that opened and closed, expanded empires, trends, awards, national press and more.
Contact Info
  Susan Sherrill Axelrod
Portland, ME 

Tel: 207-712-1488  
E-Mail: susan@axelrodphotography.com
Website: http://spoonandshutter.com