A huge thanks to our many and talented Contributors, who bring as much enthusiasm as we do to Recessionwire. If you want to be part of the conversation, email us.

Amy Shuster

Ana Dane is a Brooklyn-based freelance editor, lifestyle writer and producer of Tea Spot. She’s written for and Family Circle magazine, and spends far too much time taking pictures of food while other people are trying to eat it.

Andrea Morabito is an under-employed journalism graduate of The Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She lives in New York City (for now).

Angus Loten

Arielle Shipper (Intern)

Caroline Waxler is a writer, editor, producer and digital media consultant living in New York City.

Catherine Curan is a writer based in New York City. She has contributed to the The York Post, Condé Nast, Time Out New York Kids, Newsday, Crain’s New York Business and many other publications. Her short stories have appeared in Fiction, Many Mountains Moving and Salon Zine.

Cynthia Blair Kane

DABA Girls

Dan Colarusso, who was managing editor of Condé Nast’s until the end of 2008, is now managing editor of The Business Insider. This recipe is from his yet-to-be-published (or even written, actually) Cookin’ For Love: A Regular Guy’s Guide to Feeding His Women.

Daniel Altman is president of North Yard Economics and author of Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy.

Darren Dahl

David Hirschman is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. He has edited’s Daily Media Newsfeed since 2002 and writes Recessionwire’s daily Recession Briefing. Please send tips to him at david AT recessionwire DOT com.

Dawn Rasmussen is president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services in Portland, Ore. Read more of her job search advice at

Deborah Siegel is a freelance writer and editorial consultant who found herself adjusting less than gracefully to the role of primary breadwinner when her husband got laid off. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (Palgrave ’07), co-editor of the anthology Only Child (Harmony ’07), and creator of the group blog Girl w/Pen. She has written for a range publications, including The Washington Post, The American Prospect, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post. Read more at

Gabi Moskowitz is the editor-in-chief of BrokeAss Gourmet and a San Francisco-based food writer, caterer and cooking teacher. A Northern California native, she has been cooking since childhood. Additional writing by Gabi can be found in Primer Magazine and NileGuide.

Gary Capone and Mark Henderson co-founded Palladian International, a Virginia-based executive recruiting firm specializing in manufacturing, distribution and defense industries. They are the authors of Power Up Your Job Search: A Modern Approach to Interview Preparation.

Heather Wagner

Isabel Pen has little work experience and even less money.  She spends her days in New York poking fun at herself in the shadows of her expensive law degree and chronically ill cat.

James Osborne is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. Most recently, he reported on immigration and politics along the Texas-Mexico border.

Jane Hodges is a freelance business writer and recession survivor in Seattle. Her work has appared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,,, Fortune, The Seattle Times, and many other publications.

Jay Hofmeister is co-founder of The Resume Bay, which has taken the pain out of the job-hunting process for hundreds of job seekers. Jay invites you to go to and get a resume that will get you noticed and coaching that will help you ace the job interview.  Jay also hosts “The Job Prospector” at

Jennifer Leckstrom works full-time in PR. Her writing has appeared on, YourTango, and in the Pocono Record. She lives in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Jessica Sirkin

Jodi Mardesich is a writer, yoga teacher, jewelry designer and sometimes a personal chef and detox coach. A former staff writer for Fortune and the San Jose Mercury News, she has written for The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Salon, Slate, and The Advocate, and lives in Cedar Hills, Utah. She blogs at

Joe the Trader spent 11 years as a proprietary trader at a major U.S. bank that recently shuttered his division. Previous work experiments were in the public sector as an economist and a brief foray into academia. He has three children and currently lives in Brooklyn. When not looking for work, Joe enjoys skiing, tennis and taking urban hikes.

John Riha spent more than 20 years in magazine publishing including stints as managing editor of Traditional Home and executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens before being laid off in January. He now produces multi-media content, video, and, yup, is thinking about cranking out that novel (you know the one).

Jon Whitney (editors’ photo) started out as a television producer and spent a decade in software development before giving himself over to his first passion, photography. He holds an A.A.S. in computer programming and a B.A. in communications, and is a graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography. He is based in New York City, but is accepting bookings everywhere else. See more of his work at

Julia Rogers

Julie Greene has more than 14 years of experience in the fashion industry  and has been involved in every angle of the business, including modeling, retail, and publishing. She currently works as a fashion stylist and consultant in New York City. For more, visit

Kate Zentall has resumed freelance writing and editing since being laid off from She spent 15 years on staff at magazines and internet companies.

Kimberly Howard (logo) is a New York-based art director/designer.  She has worked in advertising, public relations and television. To see more of her work, visit

KT Boyle is a graduate of Georgetown University and a 2009 George J. Mitchell Scholar. She works and writes in Vienna, Austria. Follow her life as a recession refugee at

Katie Kemple is a PR/marketing professional who  divides her time between job hunting and writing. You can read more about her adventures in unemployment on her blog, Love Your Layoff.

Lauren Berger is known as “The Intern Queen” after participating in 15 internships during her four years of college. Berger graduated from University of Central Florida in 2006 and currently resides in Los Angeles. She runs Intern Queen, a full-service internship advice site, and Quarterlife, an internship listings site with over 500 available internships opportunities.

Lauren Sherman is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based journalist. She’s been covering the fashion, retail and luxury industries since 2004. She founded The Fashion Beat in Oct. 2009 after working for four years at Forbes.

Lauren Weber, author of In Cheap We Trust, grew up with a father who rationed toilet paper and rarely used his car’s turn signals (to prevent them from burning out). Lauren was formerly a staff reporter at Newsday and Reuters, and has also written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

Linda Sharkey

Liz Borod Wright has worked for, and, and is in the process of looking for her next gig. She recently began a blog, Travelogged, that chronicles her own and other people’s adventures and travels.

Lora Kolodny

Marco Acevedo

Margaret Savage lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can read more of her writing (and about her cooking) at Bonne Cuisine Sans Argent and Matters of Little Significance.

Marie Wiltz

Mariem Horchani

Mark Zandi is chief economist and co-founder of Moody’s, Inc.

Martha C. White is a freelance writer in New York. She writes frequently about finance and the economy.

Martha I. Finney, president and C.E.O. of Engagement Journeys, LLC, is an expert in employee engagement and leadership communications. For more information, visit

Nancy Balbirer‘s first book, Take Your Shirt Off and Cry: A Memoir of Near-Fame Experiences,  was published by Bloomsbury in April.

Nancy C.L. Stein

Olga Tchoumak (Intern)

Patrick J. Sauer

Poor Richard lives in the country north of New York, and commutes to the City for a job in media.

Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Rebecca Wiedmeyer travels the globe every week, and makes it her mission to follow her passions—meeting amazing people, experiencing new adventures, and discovering fabulous places known by few. Also, she smiles a lot and has been known to overuse emoticons.

Richard Zeoli, author of the 7 Principles of Public Speaking, is the founder and president of RZC Impact, a communications firm specializing in executive-level communication coaching and strategic messaging. A frequent guest on national television and radio, Zeoli is also a visiting associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Rob Jordan is a freelance writer/editor based in Miami. His career has spanned a wide range of locales from Alabama to Japan and jobs from river ranger to English teacher.

Rob Morrison spent 20 years in broadcast news, most recently anchoring Today in New York. He has also traveled extensively as foreign correspondent for NBC News.

Robin Epstein

Ross Helford is a screenwriter living and looking for work in Los Angeles.  He is also looking for teaching work.

Ruthie Ackerman

S. Kay Bell is a financial journalist and writes the Don’t Mess With Taxes blog.

Stella Fiore is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared on and, among others.

Stephanie Miles

Stephanie Walker is a playwright, blogger and freelance writer who faced foreclosure and lived to tell the tale on her Love in the Time of Foreclosure blog, featured in NPR’S Planet Money, The Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Chicago Magazine and Business Week. A born optimist, she loves “triumph in the face of adversity stories” and is determined to live her own.

Tamara Holt has been food editor at Redbook and recently shuttered Jewish Living magazine and continues to use all media to help people to feed themselves better—easier, tastier, healthier.

Aaron Heideman, an artist, who is traveling the country collecting stories from people whose lives have been affected by the recession. You can find more stories at The Man in a Van Project.

Thomas McDermott is an artist, writer and business advisor, living in Rye, NY. You can read more of his writing at Third Garage.

Tristan Davies teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Twanna A Hines is a sex, dating and relationships writer in New York City. She blogs at Funky Brown Chick.

Victoria Grantham is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News and Downtown Express. She lives in Manhattan.

Wendy Paris is a writer living in New York. You can see more of her work at her website,

Wickham Boyle

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