Susan Sherrill Axelrod

Portland, ME USA

Professional Experience

An award-winning, tech-savvy journalist and seasoned editor, my career includes newspaper and magazine staff positions, affording me broad and deep experience in digital and print media. My portfolio includes a wide range of features covering food and drink, travel, culture, art, and design. Among other projects, I have: reported on sustainable seafood in the Gulf of Maine; covered the farm-to-table movement in the Berkshires; developed recipes for "Lighten Up America," a cookbook by Cooking Light; and created a magazine for adventurous, 50+ Mainers. Currently, I am an editor for State 23 Media, publishers of Maine, Maine Home+Design, and Ageless Maine magazines, plus several annual guides, headquartered in Portland, Maine.


19 Years
19 Years
Content Editor (online)
7 Years


19 Years
17 Years
Home & Garden
5 Years


Newspaper - Local/Regional
15 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
9 Years
Online/new media
7 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

19 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Northeast Flavor Magazine (3-5), Downeast Magazine (1-2), Food Network Magazine (1-2), Forbes Travel Guide (1-2), Zagat (6-10)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Kennebunkport Resort Collection (6-10), Oakhurst Dairy (1-2), Funky Bow Brewery (10+), Wild Blueberries Association of North America (1-2)

Other Work History

Editor—Old Port magazine | Food Editor—State 23 Media | Social Media Editor—Portland Press Herald ( | Online Content Producer—Portland Press Herald ( and | Editor—Eater Maine ( | Food Editor and columnist, The Record ( | Food and Entertainment Editor—(201) Magazine | Editor—The Ridgewood News | Managing Editor—Bergen County Newspapers

Technical Skills

Social media strategy and analytics; SEO; website design and management; recipe development

Foreign Language Skills

Some French and Italian

Computer Skills

Word; Windows XP; Quark (editing); WordPress; Photoshop; Moveable Type; Clickability


laptop; camera (iPhone) SD600; audio recorder

Work Permits & Visas

valid US passport


Happy to provide if you request them.


2019 Folio Eddie Award, Feature Well, City and Regional Magazines | Various NJPA (New Jersey Press Association) awards for newspaper writing and page design (including several first place awards)

Work Samples

Staff Assignments/Print & Online

On her farm in Waldoboro, Allison Lakin uses science, artistry, and methodical care to grow Lakin's Gorges Cheese
Partnership between Ellsworth and the Jackson Laboratory breeds a culture of innovation in Maine's fastest-growing city—winner of a 2019 Folio Eddie Award
Collected around the world, Rough & Tumble's iconic handbags are handmade in Maine
Focusing on Maine's favorite sandwich, Highroller Lobster Co. hits it out of the park.
Pups and their people find a warm welcome in dog-friendly Portland, Maine.
Year after year, musicians and sailors return to Swan's Island for the Sweet Chariot Music Festival
The TD Beach to Beacon 10K achieves an elite designation for sustainable practices, on and off the course.
Fishermen say the Gulf of Maine's deep blue waters still hold plenty of fish, but conservation efforts—including catch quotas and the closing of some fishing areas—often leave them and environmentalists on opposite sides of the table.
Close on the heels of Maine's micro-brewing boom, and reflecting the interest in all things artisanal, craft distilling is on the rise.