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Megan McMorris freelance journalist magazine samples
Megan McMorris freelance journalist working at desk.
My mom is not only a street photographer, but she can also be a good spy. This picture was taken in one of our favorite family getaways in Michigan (on the Michigan Mitt, it’s on the left side of the palm). I didn’t even know she’d taken it until years later when it appeared on the back of her book. She perfectly captured my morning writing flow complete with my hoodie up (and you know this wasn’t a planned shot because I couldn’t have perfected that cute hair flip if I’d tried!).

For my first freelance magazine assignment, I jumped into the ocean 16 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida, on a dare. The year was 1997, and I was on assignment for Sports Illustrated Women to profile the U.S. record holder for the free dive.

We’d conducted the interview the day before, so I was just “along for the ride” during the photo shoot where an underwater sports photographer would capture the action. As the team egged me on to jump in, I took some comfort in the fact that they had shown me spearfishing videos the previous day, and that they could “handle” whatever we might find. So I made the plunge—not bad for a kid who was famously afraid to take a bath after seeing the movie Jaws in the ‘70s (cut a kid a break, I was 7!).

It would be the beginning of an adventure journalism career. Since then, I’ve ridden in the back of a pickup for hours on a bumpy cliffside Moroccan desert road. I’ve burned leeches off my legs in an Australian rainforest and camped in the Outback. I’ve rappelled down a cliff in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains during an 8-day Outward Bound experience. All in the name of a story.

My freelance assignments have not always been quite as dramatic, of course. Some of my favorite stories have been conducted at my desk. As a health and wellness journalist, I enjoy the variety of subject matters within my “beat.” One of the favorite parts of my job is speaking with interesting people, asking them questions, and watching the story start to form. Whether they be medical doctors, psychologists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, or trainers, I adore talking to subject matter experts and telling their stories.

I feel my sweet spots in magazine journalism are first-person reported stories and profiles, whether of athletes or everyday people doing cool things. I channel my inner detective whenever I’m assigned a story in order to find all the nooks and crannies of a subject, and employ journalistic techniques to any assignment.

You’ll never hear me say that print is dead. Sure, it’s shifted since I started in this industry 30 years ago, but I am determined to soldier on within the print magazine world as long as there is one magazine on the stand, by gum.

In addition to national newsstand publications, I’m seeking opportunities with custom publishing and university publications. Let’s get to the bottom of your next story.

Megan McMorris freelance journalist working at desk.
My mom is not only a street photographer, but she can also be a good spy. This picture was taken in one of our favorite family getaways in Michigan (on the Michigan Mitt, it’s on the left side of the palm). I didn’t even know she’d taken it until years later when it appeared on the back of her book. She perfectly captured my morning writing flow complete with my hoodie up (and you know this wasn’t a planned shot because I couldn’t have perfected that cute hair flip if I’d tried!).

My stories have appeared in

AllRecipes
Bicycling
Competitor
Cooking Light
Cosmopolitan
Eating Well
Experience Life

Every Day With Rachael Ray
Fitness
Glamour
Hooked on the Outdoors
InStyle
Mademoiselle
Marie Claire

Men’s Health
Parents
Penthouse
Prevention
Reader’s Digest
Real Simple
Runner’s World

Self
Shape
Sports Illustrated Women
Teen People
Weight Watchers
Woman’s Day
Yoga Journal

My stories have appeared in

AllRecipes
Bicycling
Competitor
Cooking Light
Cosmopolitan
Eating Well
Experience Life
Every Day With Rachael Ray
Fitness
Glamour

Hooked on the Outdoors
InStyle
Mademoiselle
Marie Claire
Men’s Health
Parents
Penthouse
Prevention
Reader’s Digest
Real Simple

Runner’s World
Self
Shape
Sports Illustrated Women
Teen People
Weight Watchers
Woman’s Day
Yoga Journal

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