SUZANNE ZUPPELLO

Writer of everything, but mostly health, food, & culture.

 
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A little about me

I'm a New York-based writer whose regular beats are health, food, and culture—but often fall down the rabbit holes of funeral rituals, female psychopaths, and subway ads. My work has been featured on WNYC, CBC Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

In a past life, I was a professional pickaxer, coffee bagger, and salad slinger. My career as a writer was determined by my carrying a BRCA genetic mutation and my patient-experience with a complicated healthcare system, which you'll read about when you scroll down. 

I earned both my BA in Ethics and Public Policy and an MPA in Public Policy and Healthcare Management from New York University. As an undergraduate, I published a white paper on the fight for water in the Colorado River Basin and, for my graduate capstone, I worked on a micro-loan project in Rwanda with the UNDP. In between all that, I built potable water systems & taught public health in rural Honduras. 

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HEALTH
The mental health crisis we aren’t doing anything about, for The Outline
How Myriad Genetics is forcing researchers to start from scratch, for The Outline
Why 'my body, my choice' applies to not breastfeeding, for HuffPost
Healthcare #sponcon is legal, mostly, but is it ethical?, for The Goods at Vox
There’s more people with cancer than jobs in Eastern Kentucky, for The Outline


CULTURE
Making sense of the creepy Clowns popping up across America, for Rolling Stone
And how the real clowns are defending themselves, also for Rolling Stone 
Unsolved serial murders, solved, in California and Ohio, for Rolling Stone
When @Jack finally kicked Milo off Twitter, for Rolling Stone
Your phone definitely has poop on it, for Brooklyn Magazine


ESSAYS
The elite club where no one wants to be a member, for The Lily
BRCA, dismantling the AHCA, & why it freaks me out, for SELF.
Having a mastectomy at 27 was not in my plans, for Refinery29
How to tell your date you have a cancer gene, for HuffPost


FOOD, DRINK & TRAVEL
All the times I hid McDonald’s in a farmer’s market tote, for Eater
Skinny cocktails overlook what’s healthy about a stiff drink, for Edible Long Island
Why we don't get an explanation for Bourdain's suicide, for Edible Long Island
City chefs are on a mission to civilize small towns, for Edible Long Island
Eating roadkill is actually pretty common, for Eater
The time I gave up my phone, tablet, and laptop for the Aurora Borealis, for Jetsetter


NEWS & POLITICS
Considering Tim McVeigh in the age of Trump, for Rolling Stone
Will stricter laws make sexual abuse at the Olympics less common, for The Lily
What was - and wasn't - said during the 2018 SOTU, for The Lily


WORK, TECH, & MONEY
The humbling experience of handling my debt, for Refinery29
Fan-girling over a four-day work week, for Trello
Finding motivation when you're in a work rut, for Trello
Burning out and how CEOs get it wrong, for Trello
How not to stand out on a job interview, for Refinery29
The difference between Gen Z & Millennials, ghostwritten for SpaceIQ
What no one quite gets about business agility, ghostwritten for SpaceIQ
First impressions count - even at work, ghostwritten for SpaceIQ

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