Name: Maggie Tiede
Occupation: Freelance writer and student
Place of Residence: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Background: Maggie Tiede grew up homeschooled in rural northern Minnesota — when she wasn’t writing, she was reading, and when she wasn’t reading, she was probably feeding the chickens or exploring the woods. She received her A.A. degree with honors from Central Lakes College in 2012, when she was 17 years old, and worked as a reporter and columnist at the Grand Rapids Herald-Review from 2013-2014. In the fall of 2014, she moved to the big city — Saint Paul, Minnesota — in order to complete her B.A. at Hamline University. Maggie majors in Public Health Sciences and received competitive grant funding to study rubella and Zika virus outbreaks. She also works as a writing tutor.
Maggie will graduate from Hamline in December 2017 and plans to make the move back to full-time freelance writing, using her background in health research to write informative pieces that explore the meaning of a healthy life.
In addition to her academic research experience, Maggie’s personal experience with green transportation stems from living without a car or a driver’s license for four years. She is keenly interested in public transit infrastructure and how it relates to health and green living, especially in how it meshes with harsh climates (like Minnesota’s) and with other types of green transportation infrastructure, such as sidewalks, bike lanes, and electric car chargers.
Maggie’s hobbies include hiking, sewing, collage, and curling up with a good book.
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