Jennifer LaRue Huget
140 North Main Street, East Granby, CT 06026
Health reporter, The Washington Post, 2000-2012
The Checkup blog, April 2008-December 2012
- As the lead reporter for The Post’s daily consumer-health news blog, I selected news stories and reported them in a reader-friendly, scientifically sound manner, interacted with editorial and on-line production staff, and met daily deadlines. I created the weekly “Is that right?” nutrition-facts feature. My stories often were reverse-published in the print edition. I maintained a Twitter account in support of the blog.
Eat, Drink and Be Healthy nutrition column, September 2008-December 2011
- After serving as a general health reporter since 2000, I was tapped to launch a consumer-oriented weekly nutrition column and Lean & Fit e-newsletter, creating and curating content featuring health tips, recipes, and reader Q&As. I made the column highly readable and informative, approaching topics from fresh, thoughtful angles, interviewing authoritative sources, and injecting humor when appropriate. I took part in live, on-line chats in support of the column.
- Before being chosen to create the column, I wrote weekly articles about parenting and other consumer-health topics, including my own laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, Me Minus 10 weight-loss effort, and diagnosis with multiple sclerosis (for which reporting I received a 2003 National Multiple Sclerosis Society National Public Education award). My interest in and skill at writing for children allowed me to contribute to The Post’s KidsPost section; and I have also published pieces in the Travel and Style sections. My stories have often made the lists of most-viewed and most-e-mailed articles.
- I have written primarily for The Washington Post but also have contributed to such publications as SELF, The Hartford Courant, and Connecticut Magazine and to the on-line health news site Revolution Health. My wide-ranging interests have led to my interviewing such people as actors Teri Garr and Gene Wilder, Senator Joseph Lieberman, yogi Shiva Rea, mom-of-8 Kate Gosselin, and chef Bobby Flay.
Freelance public relations copywriter, January 2013-present
- I do work for hire writing pitch letters, press releases, reports, and other publicity materials. My clients to date have included Edelman, Allidura Consumer, Chandler Chicco Companies, Beth Grossman Makes Things Happen, and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
- I have published four children’s picture books with Random House/Schwartz & Wade: Thanks a LOT, Emily Post! (September 2009; starred review in Booklist); How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps (March 2010; illustrated by The New Yorker cartoonist Edward Koren); The Best Birthday Party Ever (March 2011; reviewed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review); The Beginner’s Guide to Running Away from Home (June 2013; named a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year 2014).
Editor, Connecticut Explored magazine, 2006-present
- As editor of this quarterly magazine devoted to exploring Connecticut history, I work with scholars, amateur and professional historians, museum curators, freelance writers, college interns, and others to craft highly readable, historically accurate articles related to the state’s rich history.
Blogger, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, January 2013-present
- I write a weekly blog for the leading MS-advocacy nonprofit organization about issues surrounding the disease and about my experience as a person with multiple sclerosis. Named a Top 10 Social HealthMaker on Multiple Sclerosis, a list of the most influential experts leading online conversations about MS, by Sharecare, the online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold.
Writer, Google GeoEditorial, November 2013-present
- Writer for the GeoEditorial team at Google. Responsible for creating great local content for Google Tactile Maps in major metros across the U.S. and Canada.
Public information director, 1987-1996
The Mark Twain House (1993-1996)
- As the institution’s first public information director, I launched, planned, and managed media-relations efforts in support of the historic-house museum’s mission. I wrote press releases, brochures, and other promotional material and edited the quarterly members’ magazine.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (1987-1993)
- As public relations director for Connecticut’s major art museum, I handled media relations during the controversial exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs and managed logistics for First Lady Barbara Bush’s visit honoring the museum’s 150th anniversary. I served as museum spokesperson and was often interviewed by newspaper, magazine, television,and radio reporters.
M.A., English, 1984, University of Maryland, College Park; Thesis: “A Small Iron Claw: Dashed Expectations in the Plays of J.M. Barrie”
- B.A., English, 1982, University of Maryland, College Park; Graduated magna cum laude with high honors in English
Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors
Member, Saturday Morning Club (women’s literary club founded in 1876)
Member, Wednesday Writers (professional, invitation-only children’s-book authors’ critique group)
Member, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Yoga teacher, Granby Yoga studio
Commissioner, East Granby (Connecticut) Conservation/Inland Wetlands Commission