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  Michele Bender
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  As an award-winning freelancer for 18 years, I've written health, beauty, fitness, parenting & relationship articles for national publications like Glamour, Self, Shape, Real Simple, & NY Times, and websites such as lifescript.com, ivillage & makeup.com. I also co-write/ghost-write books for high-profile experts/celebrities; several have been NY Times best-sellers. (Being a ghost, I can't reveal their names, but you'd know who they are.) I also write book proposals. With a database of top experts, my work is thorough & high-quality - even on short deadlines. (I wrote one best-selling book in 10 weeks!) My editors & co-authors know they can rely on me to exceed their expectations & make their jobs easier. I co-wrote Curly Girl, which is one of Amazon's top-selling beauty books & in its 6th printing. My essays appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul books and If These Walls Could Talk. I am passionate about the subjects I cover and feel fortunate to love what I do for a living.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Book Author 7 Years
Reporter 18 Years
Writer 18 Years
Specialty
Family, Children & Teenagers 18 Years
Health and fitness 18 Years
Beauty 18 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
18 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Time Inc. (11+), Meredith Inc (11+), Weider Publications/AMI (11+)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Dupree Miller & Associates (6-10)
Other Work History
I've written monthly columns for Cosmopolitan, Jump, Health, and the Los Angeles Times, where I've written on health, fitness and beauty.
Awards
2013 Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications (for a series of 7 articles written for Family Circle magazine.)
2007 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's Samter Journalism Award
2006 Excellence in Media Award from The Skin Cancer Foundation (for the best article on sun protection and skin cancer prevention)
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Health  
(Family Circle, 12/1/2012)
The final article in this series shows the results these two families have reaped over six months of healthy challenges.
(Family Circle, 11/1/2012)
The fifth challenge in a seven-article series, two families aim to take their workouts - and weight loss - to the next level.
(Family Circle, 10/1/2012)
Improving the quantity and quality of your sleep can help you slim down. That was this month's goal for two Healthy Challenge Families.
(Family Circle, 9/1/2012)
In challenge # 3, two families try to move more to reach their weight loss goals.
(Family Circle, 8/1/2012)
The third article in the Healthy Family Challenge series. Here, the two families strive to stop sipping high-calorie drinks and slim down.
(Family Circle, 7/1/2012)
The second in a seven-article series following two families as they get healthy. This month, their goal is to increase their fruit and vegetable intake.
(Family Circle, 6/1/2012)
The first in a seven-article series following two families as they are challenged to slim down, eat better and get healthy.
(Dr. Oz's YouBeauty.com)
(More magazine)
(More magazine)
(More magazine)
(More magazine)
(Parents magazine)
This article won the Excellence in Media Award from the Skin Cancer Foundation
(Weight Watchers magazine)
(Real Simple magazine)
(lifescript.com)
(Lifescript.com)
(Cosmopolitan)
(Real Simple)
Fitness  
(More magazine)
(More magazine)
(More magazine)
(More magazine)
(More magazine)
(Essence magazine)
(Essence magazine)
(Essence magazine)
(Fitness magazine)
(Health)
(Shape)
(Hers)
Parenting  
(Parents magazine)
(Parenting)
(Redbook)
(Parenting)
Beauty  
(makeup.com, 4/1/2012)
(makeup.com, 4/1/2012)
(Makeup.com, 3/1/2012)
(makeup.com, 7/1/2011)
(makeup.com, 7/1/2011)
(Makeup.com, 7/1/2011)
(makeup.com)
(iVillage.com)
(More magazine)
(More magazine)
(makeup.com)
(Lifescript.com)
(Lifescript.com)
(Lifescript.com)
(Self magazine)
(Self magazine)
Dating/Sex/Relationships  
(Bridal Guide)
(Bridal Guide)
(Bridal Guide)
(Bridal Guide)
(Match.com)
(Bridal Guide)
(Redbook)
(Match.com)
(Match.com)
(Match.com)
BLOGS  
(Naturallycurly.com)
Books  
(Susan Blum, M.D., 4/1/2013)
(Dr. Phil)
(Erica Reid)
(Lorraine Massey and Michele Bender)
(Robin McGraw)
(Ann Pleshette Murphy)
(Denise Austin)
(Tracey Mallett)
(Tracey Mallett)
(Dr. Phil McGraw)
(If These Walls Could Talk: Thoughts of Home)