Stephanie Anderson Witmer

Harrisburg, PA USA

Professional Experience

I've written about food, home/garden, health & parenting for Redbook, USA Today/Studio Gannett, Women's Health, Civil Eats, Daily Parent, Better Homes & Gardens, Spirit, Susquehanna Style, and more. I've created brand content for Electrolux, Volvo and Capital Blue. I also do copywriting, copyediting and proofreading for print & the web. In 2007, Chronicle Books published my cookbooks, KILLER PIES and KILLER CHILI. I'm also a former magazine managing editor. I taught college-level writing and journalism courses for 10 years. What do I bring to the table? Stylish wordsmithery. Meticulous editing. Compelling storytelling. Strong reporting and research. An ear for quotes. Work that's clean and on time. I freelance full time, and I'm ALWAYS looking for new projects. I have a flexible schedule and am close to Philadelphia, D.C./Baltimore & NYC. E-mail: stephanieawitmer (at) gmail (dot) com


20 Years
16 Years


20 Years
20 Years
Home & Garden
20 Years


Academia Teaching
10 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
8 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
19 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Susquehanna Style magazine (10+), (10+), (10+), FEAST magazine (copyediting, fact-checking) (10+), Fig magazine (writing & proofreading) (10+), USA Today custom magazines (10+), The Penn Stater alumni magazine (3-5), Women's Health magazine (3-5), Pennsylvania Pursuits magazine (3-5), (copyediting) (3-5), Central Penn Parent (3-5), (3-5), Better Homes & Gardens (1-2), Redbook (1-2), Central PA magazine (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Electrolux (10+), Parragon Books (6-10),, Inc. (3-5), Fig Industries (copywriting) (3-5), Downtown Carlisle Association (PA) (1-2), Keybridge Communications (copyediting) (1-2), Creative Vision (1-2), Volvo (1-2), Yoga at Simply (copyediting) (1-2), Capital Blue (6-10)

Other Work History

blogger, freelance writer, freelance editor, copywriter, copyeditor, proofreader, fact-checker, managing editor, online magazine founder/editor, cookbook author, writing instructor/professor

Technical Skills

Photography, photo editing, blogging, podcasting, magazine design, digital storytelling, copywriting

Computer Skills

Mac, Windows, MS Office Suite, Dreamweaver, HTML, Photoshop, InDesign, SoundSlides, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, UI/UX


MacBook Pro laptop, printer, DSLR camera, fax machine, scanner, copier, podcasting equipment, digital voice recorder, iPad, iPhone


Gold Award for feature-writing, International Association of Business Communicators (2001); nominated for CRMA Feature-Writing Award (2001); nominated for PSU English Dept. Teaching Award (2005)


Society of Professional Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors

Work Samples


(Central PA magazine 9/1/2004)
A tour of the kitchens of two restaurateur couples
( 1/2/2015)
Professional organizers offer their tips for getting your home and your time streamlined in the new year.
( 12/9/2013)
Corral clutter, make a meal plan, and more
(Susquehanna Style magazine 9/1/2010)
An inside look at a funky city warehouse-turned-loft & the super-stylish couple that inhabits it.
( 7/16/2014)
(Susquehanna Style magazine 9/1/2009)
What's one of the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to freshen up your space? A new coat of paint!
(Central PA magazine 9/1/2005)
A Pennsylvania family and their English-style cottage prove that less is sometimes more.
( 5/20/2013)
Integrating emerald, Pantone's Color of the Year pick for 2013, into your home and wardrobe
( 9/3/2013)
No more cubicles and no more overhead fluorescent lighting. Design your home office right.
(Susquehanna Style magazine 3/1/2011)
Kid-friendly room and closet design
( 3/1/2012)
A roundup of Easter craft ideas from around the web


( 1/7/2015)
(USA Today | Pet Guide 2014 5/6/2014)
Your pet's well-being depends on how carefully you keep toxic substances out of reach. Here's how.
(USA Today | Back to School 2014 7/15/2014)
(Susquehanna 11/1/2011)
Roundup of great gift ideas from around the web
( 11/12/2014)
In a perfect world, our children would enthusiastically comply with requests to clean their rooms and eat their broccoli every time we asked. Alas, we parent in the real world, where our appeals may more frequently be met with a "No way!" instead of the cheery "OK!" we crave.
( 2/15/2015)
( 2/15/2015)
(Central Penn Parent 9/1/2011)
The challenges and triumphs of single parenting
(USA Today Guide to Kids' Health (Summer/Fall 2013) 8/1/2013)
Profiles of 5 mompreneurs who are making life easier for other moms
(Susquehanna 10/1/2012)
A web round-up of fun (and spooky) Halloween activities to do with the kiddos
( 9/1/2011)
Roundup of spook-tacular (yep, I said it) Halloween ideas from the web
(Susquehanna 11/1/2012)
A web round-up of kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes and other fun holiday diversions
( 1/28/2014)
Four tips for raising more confident kids
( 10/31/2010)
On toddlers and the word "no"
(Susquehanna 1/5/2012)
A roundup of the best Valentine's Day crafts and treats for kids
( 12/1/2014)
It's this time of year, when all of the attention is on gifts and holiday feasts, that parents can introduce children to the concepts of gratitude and giving.
(Susquehanna Style magazine 1/1/2011)
Choosing the right doctors for your child
(Susquehanna Style magazine 5/1/2011)
Planning guide for kids' birthday parties
(Susquehanna Style magazine 9/1/2011)
Tips from photographers for getting perfect family photos
( 2/15/2015)


( 7/23/2013)
( 12/18/2013)
(Pursuits magazine 9/1/2010)
Food article about Harvest, a environmentally focused, local-foods restaurant in Hershey, Pa.
( 9/17/2013)
Versions of homey favorites that are elevated enough for a dinner party or special occasion but still deliciously familiar
( 7/24/2014)
( 6/26/2014)
(Killer Pies (becker&mayer!/ChronicleChronicle Books) 3/1/2007)
Old-fashioned apple pie from The Little Pie Company, New York City
( 7/13/2013)
Throw a great gathering in no time flat
(Fig West Chester 6/1/2013)
Short profile of artisan cheesemaker Kristian Holbrook of Doe Run Farm (Pa.)
( 11/11/2013)
( 4/10/2014)
How to use the whole plant --- scraps, peels and all
( 2/12/2014)
( 4/11/2014)
( 11/8/2013)
( 11/8/2013)
(Susquehanna Style magazine 1/1/2006)
Ideas and recipes for planning a more "the-more-the-merrier" kind of Valentine's Day
(Central PA magazine 1/1/2007)
(Central PA magazine 10/1/2006)
( 8/26/2011)
A round-up of unusual ice cream flavors, including candied bacon and duck fat caramel soy sauce
(Spirit magazine 5/1/2008)
Great pie spots from around the country
( 8/6/2013)
Lobster has a reputation for being decadent and fancy, which may spook some home cooks into attempting to make it themselves. You don't need to leave it to the pros - just keep it simple.
( 8/13/2013)
Sometimes couples want to keep the wedding part of a wedding to themselves and throw a reception later. Here are some tips to avoiding hurt feelings and social faux pas in the process.
(Susquehanna 6/27/2012)
Recipes and ideas for food that kids will actually want to eat
( 9/3/2013)
New takes on the classic
( 8/30/2013)
( 9/5/2013)
A cheesemonger's advice for picking the perfect cheese and wine to create an amazing cheese course
( 10/18/2013)
Vinegar, or shrub, cocktails are arguably one of the oldest of the vintage-cocktail trends, dating back to the Colonial era. They fell out of fashion for many, many years, but they're back---and tastier than ever.
( 12/17/2011)
A family favorite: Christmas chocolate-crinkle cookies
(Killer Pies (becker&mayer!/Chronicle Books) 3/1/2007)
Raspberry-rhubarb pie from Cascadia Bakery in Victoria, BC, Canada
(Susquehanna Style magazine 6/27/2012)
Getting kids to eat their veggies, starting with the summer's bounty of squash and zucchini
(Susquehanna Style magazine 3/1/2012)
A look at Easter food traditions, including a family recipe of my own.


(Central PA magazine 5/1/2000)
Feature about the Carlisle Indian School, a boarding school for Native American children. Won IABC Gold Award for Feature Writing. Nominated for CRMA feature-writing award.
(USA Today Modern Woman magazine 10/18/2014)
Treatment for breast cancer often means surgery, and women find their bodies irrevocably changed as a result. No one understands this better than a survivor herself. Here are 4 women, all breast cancer survivors, who created companies to meet the specific needs of a woman's body after breast cancer.
(USA Today Modern Woman magazine 10/11/2014)
Tattoos provide healing power for breast cancer survivors
(USA Today, Special Edition, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 3/20/2014)
A look at some of the Corps' most unusual jobs and the six compelling people who do them
(Evil Genius 7/1/2003)
Profile of David Rees, creator of the cult-fave, critically acclaimed comic strip "Get Your War On"
(Fig Magazine-Lancaster, Fall 2013 Issue 9/1/2013)
A short profile of the indie-folk trio Vulcans, the WXPN Voices pick for Fall 2013.
(Central PA magazine 11/1/2001)
(Evil Genius 1/1/2003)
Q&A with Seattle filmmaker/musician/juggler Greg Bennick
(Central PA magazine 2/1/2002)
(Central PA magazine 5/1/2001)
A summer camp for kids grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or other family member
(Central PA magazine 8/1/2004)
(Susquehanna Style magazine 11/1/2012)
Short profiles of the winners of the magazine's kids' photography contest
(USA Today Modern Woman magazine 10/20/2013)
Profiles of 4 fearless women: Mindy Budgor, Anna Chatten, Niki Nakayama and Rebecca Chopp
(The Penn Stater 6/15/2014)
(USA Today Modern Woman magazine 10/8/2014)
Profiles of 4 fashion/jewelry designers who live and work outside of NYC, the world's fashion capital


(Rain Taxi 7/1/2004)
A review of Amanda Stern's novel "The Long Haul" (Soft Skull Press, 2004).


(Central Penn Parent 2012 Maternity & Baby Guide 12/1/2011)
The benefits of exercise -- in particular, prenatal yoga -- during pregnancy
(Redbook 3/1/2015)
It's not just you: More people are suffering from allergies than ever before. The advice these doctors give their closest pals can help you get relief and enjoy spring again.
(Women's Health 3/1/2015)
(Women's Health 9/5/2013)
(Central PA magazine 10/1/2005)
As the title says, migraines are more than just headaches.
(Women's Health 9/1/2013)
A look at the possible promising benefits of aspirin
(Better Homes & Gardens 3/1/2011)
Food experts -- Mark Bittman, Melina Jampolis, David Kessler, Brian Wansink and the Real Food Moms --- weigh in on the easiest ways to improve you & your family's eating habits


(Forbes Travel Guide/ 11/15/2012)
A destination guide for the Laurel Highlands region in Pennsylvania
(Susquehanna Style magazine 5/1/2012)
Tips for traveling with kids by car, by train and by plane


(The Bird Sisters Blog 12/30/2010)
I was invited to be a guest blogger on novelist Rebecca Rasmussen's blog, for which I wrote about motherhood, writing and finding some time for myself.