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 a wide range of experience in digital and print media. 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 daily newspaper. Currently, I am the social media editor for the Portland Press Herald; I also cover the food/drink scene in Portland and throughout Maine. With my husband, photographer Ted Axelrod, I blog at


Content Editor (online)
5 Years
15 Years
15 Years


15 Years
12 Years
Home & Garden
8 Years


Newspaper - Local/Regional
15 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
6 Years
Online/new media
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Northeast Flavor Magazine (3-5), boho 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+)

Other Work History

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.


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

Freelance Work

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

Staff Assignments/Print & Online

(MaineToday Magazine 10/28/2015)
If you like to go out to eat, you’ve probably got a number of the city’s newer restaurants on your “must try” list. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to visit a long-running establishment, which despite having slipped off the hotness radar, remains a fine place to dine.
(Portland Press Herald 4/22/2015)
Kids from the alternative Learning Works school in Portland, Maine get hands-on practice in eating well on a budget.
(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.
(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.