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“Cynthia Hanson has a talent not only for finding good interview subjects, but also for telling their stories in an engaging, informative way. The columns she wrote for me when I was a senior editor at Ladies’ Home Journal (“Can This Marriage Be Saved,” “A Woman Today” and “Woman to Woman”) required a certain style that not every freelancer is able to adopt—but Cynthia picked it up easily, without losing her own voice in the process. Cynthia is also a stickler for deadlines, needs very little guidance and even less editing. I recommend her highly.”

-- Shana Aborn

“As an editor at Cosmopolitan in the mid-90s, I was fortunate enough to work with Cynthia Hanson on a regular basis, and I was always impressed by her professionalism, intelligence, graceful writing style and easy-going attitude. She brings an abundance of creative ideas to the table. Cynthia Hanson is a real pro.”

-- Bonnie Davidson

"Cynthia Hanson wrote for me when I was an editor at BRIDE's magazine and at Besides being an extremely nice person, she is very smart, organized and thorough, and a superlative writer. She always delivered exactly what she was contracted to write, with little editing needed. She is the kind of writer you can turn to for a complicated story, and/or one that needs to be turned around quickly."

-- Tracy Guth Spangler



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Cynthia Hanson is a veteran journalist who has more than 20 years experience writing for national publications.

With over 400 bylines to her credit, Cynthia has written articles and columns for some 35 leading magazines and newspapers, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, Family Circle, Glamour, Parents, Reader’s Digest Your Family, Southwest Airlines Spirit and The Wall Street Journal.

Throughout her career, Cynthia has handled a wide range of subjects—everything from relationships and education to personal finance, lifestyle trends, rare medical conditions and legal issues. Her articles span many genres: profiles, service pieces, dramatic narratives, in-depth reporting, “as-told-tos” and Q&As. Her media appearances include dozens of TV and radio interviews. 

Since 2001, Cynthia has been a regular contributor to LHJ’s “Can This Marriage Be Saved” column, the longest-continually running feature in a national women’s magazine. In recent years, she also has covered small business for Crain’s Chicago Business; careers for the Web site Jugglezine; parenting for American Baby; and personal finance for LHJ and Family Circle, among others.

During the 1990s, Cynthia was a contributing editor to Chicago magazine. “Sex, Lies and Volleyball,” her 1996 Chicago story about a girls’ volleyball coach who was accused of sexual misconduct, appears in the anthology Women and Sport: A Documentary Reader (Northeastern, 2007). “The Big Cheat,” her 1995 in-depth report for Chicago on an academic cheating scandal at urban high school, inspired the 2000 HBO movie “Cheaters.”

Cynthia also served as a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan and created the magazine’s first career-strategy column (“Workplace”). From 1996 to 2000, she taught magazine and news writing as an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Cynthia was driven to write while still in high school: At 15, she began freelancing regularly for both Seventeen and her hometown’s weekly newspaper, prompting Writer’s Digest to name her one of the nation’s “top young writers.” She received her AB degree in Political Science from Brown University, where she was a campus stringer for the Providence Journal-Bulletin, Rhode Island’s influential statewide newspaper. After graduation, Cynthia moved to Norfolk, Virginia and spent six years as a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, the largest daily newspaper in the state. She currently lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and their son.

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