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October 18, 2018

As a journalist and copywriter, I've drafted a lot of text. A LOT.

I've written about cleaning products, pets, higher education, dating apps, business systems, fashion, ride-sharing programs, soybeans, fan art, gender bias and more.

I've developed narratives around why c...

September 9, 2018

Print feature, Ladue News, May 17, 2018

The Ladue News regularly taps me to write features about all kinds of industries -- wellness, fashion, architecture and more. But until this summer, I'd never covered weddings for the magazine.

That changed with the publication's E...

August 9, 2018

Brand content, Alive Magazine, November 9, 2016

Photo via Unsplash

Based in St. Louis, Alive Magazine focuses on makers and artisans in almost 10 cities in the Midwest. The magazine, which publishes full-sized traditional magazines as well as smaller wedding- and city-sp...

July 18, 2018

Feature, Ladue News, February 24, 2017

By Allison Babka

Photos by Cheryl Waller

Surprisingly, it’s comforting vanilla -- not lemon -- that our nose first detects upon entering Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods. But everything else in St. Louis’ newest boutique culinary store is as...

July 9, 2018

Feature, Ladue News, June 13, 2017

By Allison Babka

Photo by Sarah Conroy

Yoga has increased in popularity in recent years, with students of all ages becoming interested for a variety of health benefits. Some look to connect more with their bodies, others aim to lower the...

July 9, 2018

Feature, Ladue News, June 14, 2018

By Allison Babka

Courtesy photo by TruFusion

Need a little extra motivation to hit the gym? Try taking the same fitness boot camp as former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez – right here in the metro area.

TruFusion, a luxe new Clayton...

July 8, 2018

Print feature, Alive Magazine, December 23, 2016

Photo by Attilio D’Agostino

By Allison Babka

“Keep it simple.”

This has become the fundamental principle behind chef Diane Yang’s much-lauded approach to desserts. While some culinary artists may delight in producing overwro...

July 8, 2018

Feature story for Maryville Magazine, Maryville University, Summer 2018

When you're a freelancer, your network is one of the biggest factors in determining if you'll make rent the following month. People might share your work online, but face to face is where lightbulbs...

July 8, 2018

Print feature, Ladue News, December 29, 2016

Photos by Sarah Conroy for the Ladue News

I still had the magazine bug after leaving Alive Magazine, so I began pitching the Ladue News to get into the editors' writer rotations. The magazine is a weekly publication targeted t...

July 6, 2018

Feature story for Minnesota magazine, University of Minnesota, Winter 2018

Most of my professional opportunities come directly from my local network. St. Louis passes around freelance writers as if they were sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving. 

So I was a bit surprised...

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