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  Susan Sherrill Axelrod
Professional/Personal Overview
  A well-published 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 and written a weekly cooking column for a New Jersey daily newspaper. Currently, I am on staff at the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday.com, where I cover the food and drink scene in Portland and throughout Maine.
Work Info
Copywriter 8 Years
Editor 14 Years
Writer 14 Years
Home & Garden 8 Years
Lifestyle 12 Years
Food 14 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
14 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
boho magazine (3-5), Northeast Flavor Magazine (3-5), Downeast Magazine (1-2), Food Network Magazine (1-2), Forbes Travel Guide (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
Recipe development, with particular expertise in reducing calories and fat to make existing recipes healthier, while using real, whole foods.
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  
(Portland Press Herald, 5/11/2014)
We cooked the same meal with ingredients from the Portland, Maine farmers market and Shaw's Supermarket. What we found may surprise you.
(Portland Press Herald/MaineToday.com, 3/26/2014)
When Shonee Strickland opens her yet-unnamed brewery in Biddeford this summer, she will be the first woman to be both brewer and brewery owner in Maine. She's part of a small sorority that's growing slowly but steadily nationwide, thanks to the rapidly increasing interest in craft beer.
(Portland Press Herald, 10/16/2013)
Maine cooks celebrate a comfort food that has never fully gone out of fashion - the casserole.
(MaineToday.com, 9/2/2013)
With a plentiful garden, a cast-iron, wood-burning stove and considerable culinary skill, Annie Mahle makes memorable meals aboard a historic Maine schooner.
(Portland Press Herald, 7/10/2013)
If the thought of a gin and tonic brings with it images of madras shorts, breezy porches and parties at the yacht club -think again. A new crop of distinctive craft gins is changing the way people perceive the juniper-scented spirit.
(The Record (of Bergen County), 6/17/2012)
A preview of a variety of new dining options at the Jersey Shore, from Asbury Park to Atlantic City
Freelance Work  
(Northeast Flavor Magazine, 3/1/2012)
Organizations that connect farmers to chefs are now commonplace throughout the Northeast, but when the nonprofit Berkshire Grown got its start 15 years ago, it was a pioneer.
(DownEast Magazine, 7/1/2011)
Farmer David Berry and his wooden sailboat bring Maine's summer bounty to island inhabitants.
Online Only Features  
(Forbes Travel Guide, 1/1/2014)
Travel guide assignments covering New Jersey and Maine hotels and restaurants
(MaineToday.com, 12/27/2013)
2013 was a huge year for Maine food. Here's a look back at the whole locally grown, dry-hopped, pork belly-topped, lobster-stuffed, deep-fried thing.
Cookbook/Recipe Column  
(The Record (of Bergen County), 1/30/2013)
Chili and the Super Bowl are a time-honored match-up. Recipes from "Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys" by Lucinda Scala Quinn.
Contact Info
  Susan Sherrill Axelrod
Portland, ME 

E-Mail: susan@axelrodphotography.com
Website: http://spoonandshutter.com