As any writer will tell you, there’s nothing more intimidating than a blank page. But in my experience, I find an exciting challenge to it that is unlike anything else. It’s nothing a little coffee can’t help, either.

Let me start filling this page: As the senior editor of Hunker, an architecture and design website that launched in February 2017, I created the overall editorial strategy, voice, and aesthetic. I also hired and oversaw a team of 20 writers, three photographers, and one illustrator. It was a lot of fun, but it was a lot of work. I was the sole editor, social media manager, newsletter creator, and photo director in its first five months. Nevertheless, it all paid off: Hunker grew to an average of nearly 10 million monthly visitors during my 10-month tenure. 

My favorite aspect of the site, an original essay series expressing writers' many definitions of "home," can be read here

I’m a regular contributor to South Bay Magazine, where I cover local happenings that have included inspiring businesses, personal triumphs, and celebrated figures. My work has also appeared in Dwell Magazine, WestwaysWhere Los Angeles, Thrillist, and the Easy Reader, among other publications. I edited the Reach Up blog during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, too.

I grew up in Los Angeles and studied journalism at Chapman University. In 2013, I completed a master’s degree in media and communications at the London School of Economics. You can read about my past London haunts, and present L.A. adventures, in my ongoing highlights and trip plans for AFAR.com

When I’m not writing for myself, I help others fill blank pages on everything from website content, to copywriting, to social media. Do you want to hire me to write something? Drop me a line at contactkellydawson@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter.