The Team

Editor in Chief

Meg McDonnell

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Like so many of you, I’ve been a long-time reader, and also an occasional writer at Verily. When Verily came onto the scene, I was just getting started on a journalism project in Washington, D.C. My experience in the industry led me to believe that there was a real need in media for a women’s publication that was authentic to the actual experiences of women today. I have found solidarity and practical insights as I’ve read stories from women like me—sorting out the dating scene, their professional lives, their marriages, and mothering. I’ve drawn inspiration about how to add more beauty to my home, my wardrobe, and my life. I even still have the original print copies of Verily Magazine, because they were just so lovely and uplifting. I’m beyond thrilled at the challenge to continue this mission!

And now for some fun facts. I can’t get enough of the Virginia countryside, dinner parties with good friends and great conversations, time spent with my family, and This Is Us. I’m a firm believer that four-day work weeks should become the new norm, and coffee shop “offices” are the best kind of offices.

Associate Editors

Emily Lehman

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I’m Emily Lehman, hailing originally from sunny Southern California but most recently from the not-so-sunny (but wonderful) Midwest. I discovered Verily when it was still a print magazine, and its solid, thoughtful content and elegant aesthetic have been a perennial companion to my growth as a young woman. There is a real need for Verily as an alternative to the often-toxic deluge of advice that confronts women in their twenties and thirties, and I’m thrilled to be a part of a publication that I’ve admired for so long.

I love tall trees, beautiful cats, black tea, and late-night conversations. When I’m not reading for my last few master’s classes or on a long, wandering walk, you’ll find me writing, editing, or designing by a sunny window at the nearest coffee shop.

Mary Rose Somarriba

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I’ve worked with Verily as a writer and an editor over the years, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to continue to contribute to Verily’s work in providing uplifting and empowering content in women’s media. I’m now living in my hometown of Cleveland with my husband and two children. I particularly enjoy writing on cultural issues, unearthing powerful stories, and helping women share their voices on little-discussed topics.

You can find me working on my patio or in local coffee shops, especially in the one that has a play area for my kids! For fun, I enjoy Latin dancing, spending time near Lake Erie with friends, singing karaoke with my husband, and listening to my favorite local jazz band over wings and a Manhattan.

Laura Loker

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Hi, I’m Laura, and like many of you, I’ve been a Verily reader since its beginning. Back then, I had a brand-new bachelor’s degree; since then, I’ve added a husband and a just-turned-one-year-old. But even though my life is more than a little different than when I first started reading, Verily has shown up for all of it, from articles about job hunting to relationships to fertility awareness. Even more importantly, I’ve always known that both the women behind it and its loyal readers were women I could relate to, women who pursue lives full of purpose and authentic beauty. That’s why I’m so excited to come on board as an associate editor: Who wouldn’t want to work among friends?

And now, for some rapid-fire trivia: I enjoy long runs; I love novels and memoirs; my favorite artistic media are words, closely followed by piano, distantly followed by photography. Smack in the middle between INFJ and INFP, if you’re into that. And finally: I’m so happy to meet you!

Social Media Editor

Clare LoCoco

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I’m Clare LoCoco, a wedding photographer, graphic designer, and entrepreneur from Elm Grove, Wisconsin. As a long-time Verily reader I appreciate that Verily champions strong women who are intelligent, beautiful, and complex in their interests, emotions, and relationships. Many days (and, I’ll admit it, late into the evening) you can find me on the couch wrapped in a hand-knit blanket, wearing my favorite pair of leggings, reading, designing, or editing on my laptop. Other days, you can find me downtown, sipping a mint tea and snapping photos of friends and clients. And if you haven’t found me yet, just look for my puppy, Scamper – I’m probably close by.