Cynthia Samuels

Cynthia Samuels is a long-time blogger, writer, producer and Managing Editor, most recently of Care2's Causes Channels, which serve 20 million members (13 million when she joined) and cover 16 subject areas.  In her three years at Care2 monthly page views grew tenfold, from 450,000 to 4 million.  She has an extensive background online, on television and in print, with particular experience developing content for women, parents and families. For the past seven years, that experience has been largely with bloggers, twitter and other social media.  She has been part a member of BlogHer since 2006 years and has spoken at several BlogHer conferences.  Among her many other speaking appearances is Politics Online, Fem 2.0 Conference and several other Internet gatherings.

 

She’s also run blogger outreach for clients ranging from EchoDitto to To the Contrary.  Earlier, she spent nearly four years with iVillage, the leading Internet site for women; her assignments included the design and supervision of the hugely popular Education Central, a sub-site of Parent Soup that was a soup-to-nuts parent toolkit on K-12 education, designed to support parents as advocates and supporters of their school-age kids.  She also served as the iVillage partner for America Links Up, a major corporate Internet safety initiative for parents, ran Click! – the computer channel - and had a long stint as iVillage's Washington editor. In addition, she has developed parent content for Jim Henson Interactive and served as Children’s Book Editor for both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.

 

Before moving online, she had a long and distinguished career as a broadcast journalist, as senior national editor of National Public Radio, political and planning producer of NBC's Today Show (whose audience is 75% women) where she worked for nine years (and was also the primary producer on issues relating to child care, education, learning disabilities and child development), and as the first executive producer of Channel One, a daily news broadcast seen in 12,000 U.S. high schools.  She has published a children’s book: It’s A Free Country, a Young Person’s Guide to Politics and Elections (Atheneum, 1988) and numerous children’s book reviews in the New York Times Book Review and Washington Post Book World.

A creator of online content since 1994, Samuels is a partner in Cobblestone Associates, LLP, is married to a doctor and recent law school graduate and has two grown sons who make video games, two amazing daughters-in-law and a remarkable grandson.

10 Great Last Lines in Literature

On the walk to school, my third grade writing friend asks me what to do if she can't figure out how to end her story. "I don't just want to write, And they lived happily ever after." Another friend adds in, "Or what about, And they were never heard from again? That's bad, but it's my favorite." ...more
I LOVE the choices you made.  Here is a weird combo of some more:   "Oh, Jake," Brett said, "we ...more

When a Son Gets Married

I have always known I was blessed in the privilege of our children - not just that they exist but in who they are and how they live. And now, our second son -- our baby, has announced that he's engaged. We are crazy about his fiance and thrilled with their decision; there's no "but..." or "except for." What there is, though, is something more complicated. ...more

What a generous observation. It's weird isn't it? All these feeling do NOT mean we would want ...more

When a Son Gets Married

I have always known I was blessed in the privilege of our children - not just that they exist but in who they are and how they live. And now, our second son -- our baby, has announced that he's engaged. We are crazy about his fiance and thrilled with their decision; there's no "but..." or "except for." What there is, though, is something more complicated. ...more

Wow. You are so wise. I don't know if I ever understood this aspiration until the past couple ...more

When a Son Gets Married

I have always known I was blessed in the privilege of our children - not just that they exist but in who they are and how they live. And now, our second son -- our baby, has announced that he's engaged. We are crazy about his fiance and thrilled with their decision; there's no "but..." or "except for." What there is, though, is something more complicated. ...more

I read it; it's lovely. I am so often struck by the fact that the reason things become cliches ...more

Questions for Carly Fiorina? Go Ahead and Ask

Carly Fiorina stirred up a flurry of controversy, first as CEO of HP, and now as the Republican candidate running to unseat Barbara Boxer, the U.S. Senator from California. We're pleased to announce our interview with Ms. Fiorina this Tuesday on behalf of the BlogHer community. So that begs the question: what should we ask? ...more

1. You said during the 2008 campaign that executive experience would help a president. How ...more

: I have arrived in NYC, am all checked in and really just want to take a nap.

What's the Right Answer When Your Teen Asks If You've Ever Smoked Pot?

But what happens when your kids ask you if you ever participated in such shenanigans? Inevitably, your teen will ask a tricky question such as: Have you even tried marijuana? How much did you party (i.e. drink) in high school? When did you lose your virginity? ...more

I remember sitting by the Hudson River with both kids before they were in double digits even. I ...more

Leave a Comment Now to Donate a Book to a Child in Need (Really!)

BlogHer and BookRenter, a company that rents textbooks to college students, have joined forces because we know that books makes a difference. Help us meet our goal of 1,000 books donated -- we're not there yet! ...more

Most people don't know this book but it is full of the most wonderful stories! In one a young ...more

Levi's to Men: Wear the Pants. Women to Levi's: Bad Marketing Decision.

I was once called a Vietnamese Guerrilla Woman for wearing pants, and now Dockers wants to keep me in a skirt. The Web and twitterverse have been all, well.. atwitter about Dockers' new "pants" commercial.   It really is damned annoying, if clever. ...more

Gena you make my point.  For some of us personal truths can kill a good joke. ...more

Levi's to Men: Wear the Pants. Women to Levi's: Bad Marketing Decision.

I was once called a Vietnamese Guerrilla Woman for wearing pants, and now Dockers wants to keep me in a skirt. The Web and twitterverse have been all, well.. atwitter about Dockers' new "pants" commercial.   It really is damned annoying, if clever. ...more

I agree that we should pick our battles.  And what I was actually saying was that the ...more