Amanda joined the team as an assistant editor in June 2012. She became an associate editor in July 2013.
She grew up in a combination of Midwest states — South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska — and graduated from the University of Kansas in 2011 with degrees in journalism and creative writing. After graduation, she worked as a designer and editor for a small newspaper in Southeast Kansas, and almost one year later scored the position at MOTHER EARTH NEWS and moved back up to Lawrence, Kansas. In 2015, she moved to Seattle, where she continues to work for the magazine remotely.
She enjoys making DIY beauty products and herbal tonics, collecting and caring for house plants, and trying to live a zero-waste lifestyle. She also loves reading, writing, grammar, running, music of all kinds, cooking, traveling, learning, and obnoxious hats.