Writer + Editor



I’m a New York-based narrative journalist with a deep knowledge of Chicago, where I built my career. I don’t “create content.” I tell stories. I spend time with subjects—as much time as it takes to get the details I need to write a full, rich and, most important, fair account. Broadly, my work fits into the lifestyle category; recently, I’ve written features on the tech race among restaurant-reservation apps (New York Magazine), the fresh way one non-profit in Indianapolis is thinking about trash (The National) and the economics of a $15 non-alcoholic cocktail (New York Magazine).

In 2017, I left my job as a deputy editor at the Chicago Tribune to pursue my freelance career. I’m taking a break from social media, but you can reach me in the dark ages at marissaconrad1@gmail.com.  

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