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. 

Associate Editors

Mary Rose Somarriba


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 three 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 two little boys. 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!