Past Writers

The following are writers who are no longer writing with The Hudsucker, but contributed insightful and entertaining pieces for our readers, while expanding their own portfolios. Their biographies and list of works can be found below, along with ways to connect with them on various social networks. We wish these writers all the best with their future endeavors! 

Jessica Fritz

Senior Contributor from Aug. 2015 – Sept. 2018

Jessica Fritz interned with Gannett where she had the opportunity to write and edit video content for USA Today, while studying Digital & Broadcast Journalism and Fashion Merchandising at UGA. During her time as an intern, Jessica interviewed Mike Sorrentino (aka ‘The Situation’ from The Jersey Shore), and edited the 2014 Emmy Nominations video that became the “Most-Watched” video on USA Today’s website. Since graduating college, Jessica began working as a Social Media Strategist for CoStar Group, a position that allows her to write social media content on Twitter and Facebook for different SMB clients. An avid lover of all things pop culture, one of Jessica’s proudest moments was receiving a Twitter “follow” from E! News. An entertainment news junkie, Jessica loves cats, fashion, and Taylor Swift’s squad. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and dreams of moving to New York City. Her portfolio can be found at her official website.

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Follow Jessica on Twitter: @thejessicafritz

Desi Rottman

Contributor from April 2013 – Sept. 2017

Desi Rottman is a hardcore music fan from the Mitten State. The Michigan native now works in the sports and entertainment industry, and by night is an Instagram addict, travel addict and music enthusiast. Desi also loves beaches, dancing, the ’90s, and will blow you away with her trivia knowledge. A former couch potato, she now lives in Chicago, Illinois as a pizza eater and writer. When she is not preaching the gospel of her favorite bands, she’s a five-time half-marathoner and actively fund raises for breast cancer and HIV/AIDS research. In addition to The Hudsucker, Desi also runs her own blog, A Northern Girl and Desi Does.

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Follow Desi on Twitter: @desilove

Meg Quinn

Senior writer from Feb. 2014 – June 2017

Meg Quinn found her love for writing after her freshman year at college and it’s only deepened since then. After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Communication in 2013, she began working in online marketing for the hospitality industry.  She currently splits her time between NYC, where she works, and NJ, where she lives — but hopes that one day she’ll be able to live and work in the same state (that’s the dream).  After work hours, and on the weekends, she spends a great deal of her time baking a lot and cooking a little, doing yoga, running, listening to comedy podcasts, and watching lots and lots of television. Seriously, she watches A LOT of television.

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Follow Meg on Twitter: @msmegquinn

Janna Jeffrey

Senior writer from April 2013 – Aug. 2016

Janna Jeffrey lives in Toronto and holds an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University. The Ontario native spent much of her time at school specializing in editing and screenwriting. Janna loves stories told in all mediums, especially film, and takes herself to the movies as much as she possibly can. When she’s not catching a screening, she can generally be found taking a Zumba class, exploring some of Toronto’s lesser-known gems, or relaxing with her fluffy feline roommate. Janna is known to ramble non-stop when she has thoughts, opinions, or a new interest, and she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to put it all down in the written word!

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Follow Janna on Twitter: @kissoffools

Chris Hill

Contributor from June 2013 – June 2016

Chris Hill is a Georgia State University graduate with degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing. When he isn’t writing for The Hudsucker he is consulting with clients as a Digital Marketing Strategist. Of course, after the work is all done, he is very much still writing. Chris loves crafting a good story, whether it be about the experiences in his life for his blog, A Voice for Radio, or for his fictional works under the name, Lennox McCaskill. Some of his favorite things to do outside of work include playing soccer, watching or listening to sports, spending time with his family, and ‘nerding’ out to comic books and detective shows.

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Follow Chris on Twitter: @ARadioVoice

DeShawn Blankenship

Senior writer from May 2014 – Nov. 2015

DeShawn Blankenship lives in the Kansas City area with his fiancee and his army of felines called the Legion of Basement Cats. When he’s not entertaining the cats or doing web support for a pharmaceutical company, he’s playing Marvel Heroes, reading, watching professional wrestling or writing his first novel. He’s a huge fan of The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher as well as The Lotus War Trilogy by Jay Kristoff. He allows himself a few hours of television each week to watch The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow and Reign.

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Follow DeShawn on Twitter: @DABlankenship1

Bo Dietrick

Senior writer from Jan. 2013 – Feb. 2015

Bo Dietrick is an Indianapolis native with a flair for the creative. Since early on in life, Bo has been drawn to the arts, such as film, television, music, theater, comics, graffiti, literature, and the like. This is a true belief in the power of storytelling. He enjoys connecting with others that share in his love for creative expression, and endeavors to read and write about the topics constantly. Other areas of interest to him are social networking and emerging technologies. A proud Purdue Boilermaker, Bo was able to play lacrosse throughout college and now gives back to the community as a high school lacrosse coach. When time permits, Bo can usually be found cheering on the Boston Red Sox and Indianapolis Colts, grabbing a juicy cheeseburger, or catching a concert.

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Follow Bo on Twitter: @bo_tweetrick

Claire Tierney

Senior writer from April 2015 – Sept. 2015

Hailing from Southern California and educated in Massachusetts, Claire Tierney resides in Seattle. Claire studied English and Communications at Clark University where she wrote for and edited the student newspaper. She watches too much TV, reads too many news blogs, and drinks way too much coffee. She is an adamant feminist and loves to read and learn more about the experiences of others, particularly those with marginalized voices. When she isn’t writing she is probably playing rugby or getting lost in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. She also writes stories about the fascinating people she meets at This Human Bean.

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Follow Claire on Twitter: @shivilrusbluntz

Andrea Lozano

Contributor from Nov. 2012 – Feb. 2015

When she’s not rescuing stray cats or freelancing as a graphic designerAndrea Lozano’s writing in the past has been limited to “LOL check out this cat video” and similar Facebook statuses but she’s eager to try her hand at blogging about movies, TV shows, music, traveling, art, cats, artsy cats and so on. Her first language is Spanish and she’s from Bolivia, which makes her a Latina but don’t expect her to dance salsa or have anything in common with Sofia Vergara. After spending a year living the dream in Paris, she’s currently residing in her home town in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

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Follow Andrea on Twitter: @pizzzaa

Stephanie Mau

Contributor from Aug. 2012 – Dec. 2014

Stephanie Mau is currently a psychology major working towards her Bachelor of Arts, and in her spare time, works even harder to catch up with every television show ever created. Stephanie’s crowning achievement is being featured on The Huffington Post—not for her journalistic endeavors, but instead for photoshopping cats into Doctor Who. Stephanie currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.

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Follow Stephanie on Twitter: @poehlerized

Cathie Dillard

Contributor from Jan. 2013 – Sept. 2014

Born in the south and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Cathie Dillard is quick to say she is the product of when a New Yorker and redneck collide. Cathie has worked on with GLAAD as a committee chair for their annual media awards events, and with Destination Foundation as an administrative assistant and event coordinator. An avid road tripper, she’s crossed the borders of 39 states. She subscribes to the theory of left handed creativity, as ideas and the urge to make them into something are prominent. A Disney fanatic, she would move into Sleeping Beauty castle in the heart of Disneyland without a second thought.

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Follow Cathie on Twitter: @beginyourstory

Kathleen Horgan

Contributor from July 2012 – Aug. 2014

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Specializing in marketing and communications, Kathleen Horgan recently joined a top sports marketing agency to pursue her dream career in the sports industry. Kathleen previously worked for Coca-Cola where she developed the standardized process for bringing all Coca-Cola marketing programs from concept to in-market execution. Additionally, she led the selection process for Coca-Cola’s Sochi 2014 Olympic athlete partnership. Prior to Coke, Kathleen managed social media at CNN and authored entries for Anderson Cooper’s AC360˚ blog. Kathleen got her start in news media as an intern with HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. While with the show, she wrote stories for air in a demanding, fast-paced newsroom environment and assisted with compiling the daily show e-newsletter. Kathleen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Communications from Georgia State University in 2009, where she attended on a full academic scholarship. When not working, Kathleen enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. An avid Boston Red Sox fan, her interests include Harry Potter, the Olympics, Broadway musicals, and Major League Baseball. Kathleen currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Follow Kathleen on Twitter: @KathleenHorgan