Based in Los Angeles, Sarah Fuss Kessler is a freelance writer, editor, and journalist. Her new essay about improv, ancestry, and self-expression is now up at Tablet magazine. A recent flash essay of hers appeared online at Los Angeles Review of Books, where she's served as a nonfiction editor. Last year, her investigation into a high school #MeToo uprising in the farming town of Merced, CA appeared in Medium's current events publication, GEN, and was a Longreads editors' pick. Subsequently, she helped adapt it into a radio piece for NPR's Latino USA. Sarah's reporting has also appeared in outlets such as Los Angeles magazine, Pacific Standard, and Shondaland.
Formerly, Sarah was the special projects senior editor at TakePart.com, a news startup owned by Participant Media, known for films such as Spotlight, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth. She restructured TakePart's education, food, and wildlife sections, which entailed recruiting, managing, and editing nationally recognized experts and emerging journalists. A column she developed there now runs in the New York Times. At Participant Media, she also served as executive editor and producer of a joint website with MSN (MSN Causes) about international social and environmental justice.
During four years at Yahoo!, Sarah became the senior food editor, wrote the Fresh Picks blog, and oversaw food content strategy with writers and partners, such as Mark Bittman, Serious Eats, Food & Wine, and Bon Appetit. Her stories and those she edited ran regularly on Yahoo's front page. Her start in publishing began as associate editor at the city magazine WhereLA, writing for weekly papers in Columbus, OH, and interning at Talk magazine. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars and her BA in English from Cornell University.
sarahfuss @ gmail.com
Personal Essay: Improv Saved Me--No Joke, TABLET
Investigation: The Teacher. The Basketball Coach. The Rat in the Mail, GEN x MEDIUM
*Editors' Pick at LONGFORM
Radio Story: #MercedTOO, NPR's LATINO USA
Article: The Trump 45: A Tween Green Warrior, GEN x MEDIUM
Article: Hidden in Plain Sight, LOS ANGELES magazine
Article: How Women's Studies Is Helping Rural Teens Fix Their Social Culture, PACIFIC STANDARD
Poem: Hallway, HOBART