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Lynn Freehill-Maye
Beacon Member

An independent writer passionate about sustainability, nature, and travel, Lynn joined the Beacon hive in December 2018.


I’m a(n)…

writer, reader, runner, hiker, all-around enthusiast.

I’m passionate about…

sustainability, nature, travel.

Briefly describe your work.

I write stories largely focused on place — essentially, what makes places distinctive and workable in the 21st century. My work often touches on travel, business, food, and sustainability.

It’s been published in around 50 outlets now, including — laundry list alert! — the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic’s CityLab, Pacific Standard, Texas Monthly, Modern Farmer, Civil Eats, Travel + Leisure, Islands, Culture, and AFAR.

What do you love about what you do?

Usually I get to talk to fascinating people about their experiences, work, and passions, then share those stories with the larger world. Nothing better.

How did you start (your work)?

I majored in journalism, then landed my first newspaper gig (covering tourism and the environment) at the Virgin Islands Daily News. Keep in mind I’d also applied for jobs in places like Paducah, Ann Arbor, and Amarillo, so this was a crazy-lucky first stop. Later I edited UT-Austin’s alumni magazine, then went freelance when I married my husband, an Albany native.

What do you like best about BEAHIVE?

I like our building’s historic vibe, but even more I appreciate the people and sense of community. Am glad we do regular coffees and lunches.

Where do you see your work going in the next year… five?

Hoping to go beyond magazine articles and toward full-on books in the foreseeable.

Anything else you want us to know?

If you ever hear of someone doing something unprecedented around the Hudson Valley, or have other story ideas — well, there are never guarantees I can place an article, but I’d certainly love to hear!

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