Megan L. Hess graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in magazine journalism and international relations, with a minor in Chinese studies. She has a solid background in both Mandarin Chinese and Latin.
Megan is an assistant editor at Mashable, where she edits across all verticals, publishes content to its front page and twitter accounts, and writes. Prior to joining Mashable, she was a digital and social media editor at Scholastic Parent & Child, where she oversaw special online projects like 100 Greatest Books for Kids, edited the magazine’s website and iPad editions, and managed the Twitter feed and Facebook page. She has also spent time at a variety of fast-paced media organizations, including The Huffington Post; CNNMoney.com; O, The Oprah Magazine; Seventeen magazine; and The Post-Standard. Her work has appeared in several national publications and websites, including Thought Catalog, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles, The Huffington Post, Seventeen.com, Parent & Child, The Post-Standard, and Syracuse Magazine.
Some of her proudest moments in journalism include exploring the history of sex solicitation at Syracuse University’s Thornden Park; interviewing the world’s No. 1 competitive eater, Joey Chestnut; and undergoing a rather embarrassing frizzy-hair makeover. She is a New York Women in Communications scholarship recipient and co-Vice President of its Student Affairs Committee. She also mentors high school students in journalism at low-income schools in New York through an organization called Journalists in Schools.
In addition to writing, Megan’s expertise lies in the digital realm of magazines. She is most passionate about the nodes where tech, social, and journalism intersect.