February 28, 2009
To Whom It May Concern,
This is to recommend P-I Food Editor (and writer!) Rebekah Denn.
Rebekah is an absolutely fabulous food writer -- I believe her to be one of the very best in the country. First and foremost, she's a great journalist.
Before following her passion for food, she had great success as a news reporter. She started her nearly 11 years at the P-I on the Metro staff, where she covered education brilliantly, carving out time and energy to do significant enterprise stories even as she juggled the daily demands of editors and school board meetings.
Rebekah produced a memorable, groundbreaking series of stories on the racial disparities in disciplinary procedures in the Seattle schools that, five years later, remains one of the richest, most thoughtful enterprise reporting packages the P-I has produced.
Her work on food has been equally spectacular. She has a large and devoted following within the P-I's readership -- as significant a following as anyone has at the paper. She has adapted very well to the demands of digital reporting, and as food editor she has helped to plan all kinds of food content, including the popular daily recipes on the P-I's Going Out/Staying In page.
I would unhesitatingly recommend Rebekah for any writing or food-related job in which she might be interested. She has my respect and gratitude for a job well done, and I'd love to work with her again someday.
What a writer! What a passion for food! And, with the dying print product, she has thoroughly embraced the Web. Her P-I and personal blogs show that she’s not solely writing for an audience; she’s leading a conversation among food lovers. Her copy is sparkling, her attitude genial and collaborative. What I don’t attest to, the plethora of awards surely do. (March 25, 2009).