Mar 2009 - present
Freelance writer/editor, journalist
- I am curating "Edible City," a museum exhibit on Seattle and food (October, 2014 - present.)
- I am a local editor for a Google project involving food and travel writing (October, 2013-present.)
- I am a regular contributor to The Seattle Times website, print edition, and the paper's Sunday magazine (December, 2011-present.)
- I ghostwrite cookbooks, providing editorial material, essays, and headnotes, as well as reworking recipes to match the publisher's style guidelines.
- I am a regular contributor to Sunset magazine, as well as several print and online news sites and magazines. My main focus is food writing, but my work also includes reporting on travel, books, health, and other topics of general interest.
- I was an editorial contributor to the 2013 Zagat Seattle guide and to the 2013 Fodor's guidebooks to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
- I was an editorial contributor to "Modernist Cuisine," the 2,400-page opus that has been called the most astonishing cookbook of our time. My role included working with the principal authors and chefs to draft chapters and recipes.
- My other freelance work has included articles in Food Arts, The Washington Post, Cooking Light magazine, Veranda magazine, Seattle magazine, Edible Seattle, and The Oregonian's Mix magazine. I wrote a monthly food column for Seattle's Child magazine and wrote weekly about books for The Christian Science Monitor's "Chapter and Verse" blog.
- Established "EatAllAboutIt.com," a blog devoted to journalism and food writing, and its associated YouTube video channel. The top video on the site has received nearly 3 million hits. This work included an increasing involvement in social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
1998 - 2009
Food Editor/Writer, Restaurant Critic, Reporter
- Editor/Writer (2007-2009): Planned, developed, and was the chief writer for food and restaurant-related articles and projects at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Established “Devouring Seattle,” which became one of the newspaper’s most popular blogs, developed and published daily entries.
- Restaurant Critic (2005-2007): Restaurant critic and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- Reporter (1998-2005): Covered education, features, and city reporting for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Responsible for selecting and generating coverage of statewide education issues, including standardized testing, and for reporting on the state’s largest school district. My work ranged from deadline beat reporting to lengthy projects on the death penalty and on racial disparities in school discipline.
1993 - 1997
- Covered education, features and government reporting, plus the occasional wacky foray into celebrity news. Responsible for coverage of statewide education issues, including standardized testing, and for reporting on several school districts in Westchester County. Learned that the zoning board meeting usually provides the most important and interesting stories in town.
- Fluent in social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
- Obsessive checking of Twitter and Instagram feeds.
- Backpacking -- I once spent six weeks traveling the John Muir Trail with my husband.
- I am an avid reader, with a special interest in children's books, cookbooks, graphic novels, and general non-fiction. I obtained advance copies of the Harry Potter books, despite a well-publicized attempt to keep the books under lock and key, in order to publish reviews on the appropriate release dates.
- I once jumped out of an airplane at 12,000 feet, but did have a parachute.
- James Beard Award, 2009: Newspaper Feature Writing with Recipes.
- Association of Food Journalists, 2009: First and second place awards for Best Food Coverage on the Internet.
- Greenbrier Symposium for Professional Food Writers 2009 "Edible Communities Scholarship" winner.
- Association of Food Journalists, 2008: Feature Writing about Food (first place).
- James Beard Award, 2007: Best Newspaper or Magazine Restaurant Review or Critique.
- James Aronson Award for Social Justice, 2002.
- Emery Brownell Award for Excellence in Reporting on Equal Justice Issues 2002, awarded by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.
- Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award from the Death Penalty Information Center, 2002.
- Education Writers Association research fellowship, 2002.
- Education Writers Association, national award for investigative reporting, 2002 (2nd place).
- David McCumber, Managing Editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
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.
- Colin Powers, Life and Arts Editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
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).
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- Panel moderator at International Association of Culinary Professionals conference, Chicago, 2014
- Panel moderator at BlogHer Food conference, Seattle, 2012.
- Panel moderator at the "Is Sustainable Attainable" Greenpeace conference, San Francisco, 2011.
- Occasional guest appearances on KUOW radio discussing food-related topics on the locally produced NPR programs "KUOW Presents" and "Sound Focus" with Senior Host Megan Sukys.
- Occasional guest appearances on KIRO radio discussing food-related topics on the locally produced radio program 'In the Kitchen with Tom & Thierry'. This food and cooking show is hosted by Seattle food luminaries Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau.
- Occasional guest speaking engagements for community organizations, journalism, and food-related classes.
- Panelist at The International Food Bloggers Conference, Seattle, 2009.