Susan Sherrill Axelrod

Portland, ME USA

Professional Experience

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; I also cover the food/drink scene in Portland and throughout Maine. With my husband, photographer Ted Axelrod, I blog at


8 Years
15 Years
15 Years


15 Years
12 Years
Home & Garden
8 Years


Newspaper - Local/Regional
5 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
6 Years
Newspaper - Community
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Northeast Flavor Magazine (2), boho magazine (2), Downeast Magazine (1), Food Network Magazine (1), Forbes Travel Guide (1)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Kennebunkport Resort Collection (3), Oakhurst Dairy (1), Funky Bow Brewery (4)

Other Work History

Editor, Eater Maine ( The Record - Food Editor and columnist (201) Magazine - Food and Entertainment Editor The Ridgewood News - Editor Bergen County Newspapers - Managing Editor

Technical Skills

Social media strategy and analytics; 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 and other platforms.


laptop; camera (iPhone) SD600; audio recorder

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

Work Samples

Staff Assignments/Print & Online

(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 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.
(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 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.
(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.

Freelance Work

(Forbes Travel Guide 1/1/2014)
Travel guide assignments covering New Jersey and Maine hotels and restaurants

Online Only Features

( 12/30/2014)
A detailed look back at the year, including restaurants that opened and closed, expanded empires, trends, awards, national press and more.
( 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.