OUR WRITERS ARE THE VOICE OF AREA WOMAN MAGAZINE.
We are proud to have a blend of seasoned writers and fresh new voices. They bring to life the Fargo-Moorhead area and the incredible stories of the women we feature. If you would like to join our team of freelance writers contact us.
JILL OCKHARDT BLAUFUSS copy editor
In addition to writing and editing, Jill is a commercial photographer with an extensive background in video production and still photography. She is a wife and mother and has a passion for cooking and hosting dinner parties, traveling, helping others and the history of the natives and settlers of her home state.
ALICIA UNDERLEE NELSON writer
Alicia covers fashion, art, events and local places and faces for numerous magazines, newspapers and websites, including her own site, prairiestylefile.com. She lives in West Fargo with family.
KIM MALAKOWSKY writer
Kim was Editor-in-Chief of award-winning From House to Home national magazine, Editor for Wedding Vow and PB&J, as well as Director of Operations for Publication Services of America.
WASIFA AHMAD HASAN writer
Wasifa is a Dentistry graduate, full time blogger and makeup artist. She blogs and makes videos about beauty, makeup, fashion and lifestyle on her blog sifascorner.com.
CAROLYN LILLEHAUGEN writer
Carolyn is a freelance writer who has written for the Area Woman magazine for over 20 years. She is also a supervisor of student teachers for several local colleges, and an independent wellness consultant.
ASHLEY SORNSIN writer
Ashley is a local health, fitness and life coach with a passion for inspiring and motivating others to live their best life. She started her own business, BUFF Inc., teaches group fitness classes at the YMCA in Fargo, is a health and fitness writer, has appeared on local TV as a fitness expert, and shares her life and expertise candidly on social media and at eatlivebebuff.com.
REBECCA MEIDINGER writer
Rebecca is a speaker, Bible teacher and Mom-blogger who has spoken in schools, churches, camps and conferences throughout the states and internationally. She lives in Fargo with her husband, Paul, and their four children.
CORI JENSEN writer
Livin' the dream as mom of four and wife to a smarty pants teacher. Cori can't live without self-deprecating humor and coffee! Fortunately, her day job is her dream job on the radio. Listen in 9am-2pm weekdays on Big 98.7.
AMANDA PETERSON writer
Amanda is an award-winning writer who lives in Moorhead with her family. The former newspaper reporter and college marketing writer has authored three children’s books and numerous magazine and newspaper stories.
LINDSAY TRUAX writer
Lindsay is the editor of the website Pink and Navy Stripes, a lifestyle and fashion blog. She loves to help others take the latest fashion trends and make them wearable. Lindsay and her husband have two little girls.
SUSAN A. STIBBE writer
Susan is a former teacher and Board of Education member. She and her husband, Bill, live on their farm near Hunter, ND. Their daughter, Emily, recently graduated from Montana State University and is now an elementary music teacher in Lisbon, ND.
MARIAH PRUSSIA writer
Mariah is the owner of MPX Fitness, founder of the NOW Project (501C3), professional MMA fighter, coordinator of fitness at MSUM, motivational speaker, corporate wellness coach and single mother.
ALISSA MAIER writer
In her free time, aside from writing for Area Woman, Alissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves to shop. In the summer time, you can find her at the lake with her family and friends. She loves to travel and has a long wish list of places to visit in the future. She currently holds a position as a Senior Account Manager at Discovery Benefits in Fargo.
ASHLEY HAM writer
Ashley is a full-time wedding, lifestyle and destination photographer with her husband Ryan at FloraPine Photography. She is passionate about documenting the every day, writing about home simplicity and renovation projects, and writing music.
MEGAN BARTHOLOMAY writer
Megan is a freelance writer with an addiction to grammar, cats, wine and good food. She lives in Fargo with her husband Mike and their bevy of fuzzy babies.
SIRI FREEH writer
Siri is a former Miss Minnesota, media personality, and current RN Health Coach at Sanford Health. She focuses on helping people living their best life possible and enjoys gourmet cooking, hot yoga, and the occasional (vegan) burger.
MELISSA DAVIDSON writer
Melissa Davidson is a North Dakota native who loves to learn, live healthy and share the experiences, dreams and wisdom of others through her words.
ANDREA ARNTSON writer
Andrea is a freelance writer, blogger, wife and mom whose days are filled with raising two girls, gardening and maintaining a modest farmstead outside of Barnesville, Minn. She enjoys writing, reading, blogging and copious amounts of coffee.
MEG PITTELKO writer
Meagan is a freelance writer who dabbles in a little bit of everything, from wedding photography to marketing consulting. She loves coffee, wine and B-list horror movies.
ASHLEY THORNBERG writer
Ashley is a radio producer and guest host for Prairie Public's Main Street. She's worked for television, radio, newspaper, magazine and online outlets throughout Fargo-Moorhead and in France.
OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF THE AREA.
We whole-heartedly agree with the old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words." Our stories viewed through the lens of the photographer's camera give us an intimate view of the subject.
If you think you've got what it takes to shoot for Area Woman, send us some images! We'd love to see images of women in the community, landscapes, events, weddings, children, and more. Keep in mind your images should be appropriate for print and maintain integrity in subject matter.
JILL OCKHARDT BLAUFUSS
In addition to writing and editing for Area Woman, Jill is a commercial photographer with an extensive background in video production and still photography. Her style is natural light photography which strikes a balance between classic portraiture and non-traditional images showing individual character and spirit.
LINDSAY KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY
In addition to family and wedding photography, Lindsay offers unique and beautiful birth photography capturing birth stories through photo and video. When she isn't behind the camera, she is drinking caribou coffe, reading books, going for walks, and spending time with friends and family.
KENSIE WALLNER PHOTOGRAPHY
Kensie's photography style is to take a 'Lifestyle' or 'Documentary' approach. Photographing her subjects in their own skin, their own laughs, their own smiles, kisses, tears, and so on using natural light whenever available to really grasp the lifestyle feel. She strives to capture the moments in life that are unique and real.