BlogHer's Editorial Team

Julie Ross Godar

Julie Ross Godar

Executive Editorial Director

I'm the Executive Editorial Director, working with the editorial team to find and highlight all you incredible writers, tweeters, video personalities, pundits, photobloggers and ... you name it.

I love my job.

In my extra-BlogHer life I'm also a sometime food and travel writer, an obsessive reader, player of games, maker of pies, and a Jeopardy! champion (that was fun). (Yes, I actually said to Mr. Trebek, "There are many pies in the universe, Alex.")

My other interests include cooking, camping, cooking while camping, words (especially portmanteaux), and San Francisco history.

Denise Tanton

Denise Tanton

Director Community, SheKnows

As the Director of Community at SheKnows, I have the honor of spending my days thinking about online community and talking to online community members. I'm so luck, I KNOW!

My partner and I live in the Chicagoland suburbs (which is not the most awesome place in the world to live) with one of our six kids. (The other five are all grown up and living on their own.) My grandson, Johnny Mac Pippin, was born on May 15th and lives in Hawaii, which is too darn far away. My partner's mom lives with us as well.

We have a Treeing Walker Coonhound/Poodle mix puppy, a Bloodhound/Weimeriner, Schnauzer mix puppy, and a Redbone Coonhound mix puppy. We have three prairie dogs, Betty, Pebbles and Simon. Yes, prairie dogs. You can follow their exploits at Prairie Dog Digest.

I read a lot, but not as much as my partner does, and the only TV I watch is Survivor. Now if Buffy or Gilmore Girls returned to TV....

Prior to joining BlogHer and SheKnows Media, I spent several years as a Senior Community Manager at WebMD and the (now defunct) WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and before that was a Community Moderator at the (now defunct) Women.com

Rita Arens

Rita Arens

Managing Editor

Rita Arens authors Surrender, Dorothy and Surrender, Dorothy: Reviews. She is BlogHer.com's managing editor.

Her parenting anthology and BlogHer's first book, Sleep is for the Weak was published by Chicago Review Press in September 2008 and won a 2009 gold NAPPA.

Her debut young adult novel, The Obvious Game was published in 2013 InkSpell Publishing.

She lives with her husband and daughter in Kansas City. She has a BA in communications studies from the University of Iowa and a MA in English/professional writing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Karen Ballum

Karen Ballum

Community Manager

karen@blogher.com
Twitter: @sassymonkey

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I'm a Community Manager on BlogHer.com. You might know me as Sassymonkey.

I live in Ottawa, Ontario -- Canada's national capital. Keeping me company are my husband and cat, commonly known on the internet as the Fake Husband and the Fake Cat. Last I checked they were both still very real to most people but according to Denise, it's not real unless she can see it. (She's met the fake husband and has seen pictures of the cat but once fake is always fake in her books.)

I have been blogging about life (and food, I like food) since 2004 on my personal blog, Sassymonkey.ca, and started my book blog, Sassymonkey Reads, in August of 2005. I don't read quite as many books as I used to but I still love hearing about the books you love.

While I spent a LOT of time here on BlogHer.com you can also find on Twitter. If you want to judge for yourself whether or not my cat is fake, she features prominently in my Instagram stream. (But you never know, I could be using a stunt cat.)

I also have a slight addition to the overuse of parentheses. (Oops?)

Christine Arel

Christine Arel

Lifestyle Editor

Christine.Arel@sheknows.com
Twitter: @NoGojisNoGlory

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I'm the Lifestyle Section Editor at BlogHer, and creator of the healthy lifestyle blog, No Gojis, No Glory. When I'm not whipping up healthy recipes or talking “fitness finds”, you can find me exploring the foodie scene in NYC.

As the Lifestyle Editor at BlogHer, I love highlighting those stories that can potentially make a positive impact; whether they be thought-provoking, teaching something new, or just riduculously funny.

In March of 2014, I started the blog, No Gojis, No Glory, as a tool for accountability through my healhty lifestyle journey, but it has also become my way of sharing tips and resources that can inspire healthy living. Since its start, my work has been featured on sites like Yahoo Food, BuzzFeed, and Everyday Health.

I currently live in NYC with the three loves of my life: One Chilean-born Swedish hubby, one sassy Swedish kitty, and one neurotic, but oh so handsome New York feline.

You can catch up with me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and most definitely on the blog.

Nicole Blades

Nicole Blades

Section Editor - Family

I am an author and freelance journalist who writes about motherhood and race, identity, culture, and technology. My latest novel, THE THUNDER BENEATH US (Kensington), will be published Fall 2016. I am excited and honored to be the Family Editor at BlogHer. The folks here are aces!

I’ve been putting my imagined worlds on paper since third grade as this curious kid growing up in Montreal. That curiosity landed me in NYC after college, working as an intern at a popular daytime talk show. From there I was in it, I was a working journalist putting in my time for the next 18 years as an editorial assistant at Essence, and later an editor at ESPN.com and senior editor at Women’s Health. My bylines as a freelance journo have appeared in MORE, Women’s Health, ESPN, Cosmopolitan, NYTimes.com, BuzzFeed, WashingtonPost.com, PBS Parents, and CoolMomTech. I also launched and run Ms. Mary Mack, a blog that aims to bring compassion and common sense back to parenthood. Follow me on Twitter or check me out at BladesCentral.
Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford

Section Editor - Health and Blogging & Social Media

melissa.ford@blogher.com
Twitter: @stirrupqueen

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I'm the Blogging &Social Media editor as well as the Health editor at BlogHer. Which means some days I'm talking about new ways to navigate Facebook and then turning around and discussing your heart health.

I write Stirrup Queens when I'm not reading other people's blogs, cooking, or chasing after my twins.

I'm the author of four books: Life from Scratch (Belle Books, 2010), a novel about blogging, Measure of Love (Belle Books, 2013), and the forthcoming Apart at the Seams (Belle Books, 2014).  I also wrote Navigating the Land of If (Seal Press, 2009), a non-fiction book about infertility and pregnancy loss.  You can always find information about my books on my author site.  Plus I love to talk about writing and publishing.

Grace Hwang Lynch

Grace Hwang Lynch

Section Editor - News & Politics

I'm the News and Politics Editor here at BlogHer. You can also find me writing about raising an Asian mixed-race family at my own blog, HapaMama.

My love of writing and reporting began in my days as a broadcast journalist. Since then, my work has also been published on Salon, PBS Parents, and Mom.me. In 2012, I was nominated for the Women's Media Center Social Media Award.

Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones

Section Editor - Love & Sex

feminista.jones@blogher.com
Twitter: @FeministaJones

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Feminista Jones is the Love & Sex section editor at BlogHer and is the primary blogger at FeministaJones.com, a blog devoted to promoting sex-positive discussions on social media, deconstruction of social norms/restrictions, challenging standard feminist theory (and making feminism accessible to more women in the process), giving voice to man-loving feminist women, exploring alternative sexual identities like the BDSM lifestyle and pansexuality through a feminist lens, teaching and advising, and all around fun.

Feminista is also a weekly Love & Sex columnist for Ebony. com and host of the sex-positive podcast, TWiB: After Dark. By day, she is a mental health social work administrator in NYC. By night she is a freelance writer and editor. 24/7/365 she is a mom to a precocious son.

Natasha Nicholes

Natasha Nicholes

Associate Community Manager

I am the Associate Community Manager around these parts, which is just a fancy way of saying that I help make sure that people follow the rules. You can find me almost anywhere online as @NatashNicholes, where I talk about my quest to love all things domestic in my Houseful Of Nicholes.

You remember me saying I make sure that people follow the rules? Yeah, in my real life, I find ways to break them. Not illegally, but I'm always pushing the envelope on things that people say that folks like me can't do. I've learned to bake, sew, knit and refinish furniture this way. I've built my house with my husband, and I travel because of breaking those rules. Sometimes, it's good to be a rule breaker. But not in forums. Don't do that.

I also have a very healthy fascination with Benedict Cumberbactch, Bruno Mars and Will Smith. They don't know it yet, but when they meet me, I'll be remembered long after.

My life of online writing started when I found out that my husband and I are were expecting our 3rd and 4th child. I wanted to get all of those feelings of uneasiness out and it turned into my blog Houseful Of Nicholes. From there it turned into sharing ME and my love of ME. As someone who loves to talk who would have known that writing would be my biggest challenge to date?

I love television more than I care to admit - the older the better, travel, baking - but not eating the goods, unless it's bread - and sleeping. One can never get enough sleep. Ever.

Find me on my blog, Houseful of Nicholes, , Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and sometimes even newer platforms like Periscope and Snapchat. I may not conform nicely, but I'll give you hearts!

Deb Rox

Deb Rox

Section Editor - Entertainment

deb.rox@blogher.com
Twitter: @debontherox

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As the Entertainment Section Editor at BlogHer I write, assign and promote posts that discuss movies, television, books and other related topics. I love how pop culture gives us a way to talk about and interpret the world around us. I'm a huge fan of comedy, watching movies on a big screen and livetweeting. Time zone differences make me sad.

My personal blog is Deb on the Rocks.  Additionally, I work as a social media communications and business strategist for small businesses, brands and bloggers.  My passions include digital innovation and cause/ issue marketing. I am the founder of Salon LGBTQ, serve as founding Board President of Violence UnSilenced, and work with projects including the Listen to Your Mother Show.  I love BlogHer conferences and am the co-host of the annual Queerosphere party at BlogHer's annual event.