Editor, WRITER, & PRODUCER  JUNE 2017 – Present

These days I’m copywriting for a digital marketing and web development agency in Chicago. But I also just can’t quit magazines, which I write and edit for too.

Want to work together? Email me at lena@lenasinger.com.

Managing Editor & Other editorial roles  October 2012 – MAY 2017

Rookie, New York

For two years as managing editor, I mentored many of a generation’s most talented writers, artists, and editors to make stories loved by teens and adults alike. I managed a New York–based editorial staff and dozens of contributors to publish personal essays, photo essays, service stories, comics, cultural criticism, videos, and more content, seven days a week. I also curated social media for 150,000-plus followers on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

For two-plus years, I was a Rookie story editor. Work of mine appears in the Rookie Yearbook series, published by Razorbill at Penguin Random House. I produced videos for Rookie, too—my favorite being a series of how-tos featuring celebrities and their hidden talents.


Senior Editor & Other editorial roles  September 2009 – October 2012

Chicago magazine, ChiCago

As a senior editor at Chicago, I oversaw the style, fashion, and travel departments’ print and digital stories. In that role, I collaborated closely with art directors and designers on the look and feel of layouts and photo shoots. Each year, I contributed to the magazine’s tentpole features, including Best of Chicago, Chicagoans of the Year, The Power 100, and more. Additionally, I managed the magazine's internship program for hard-working student journalists from across the Midwest.

In my earlier days at Chicago, I was an associate editor overseeing the magazine’s style and culture pages. I edited the weekly culture and events newsletter, Chicago Guide, as well as the weekly shopping newsletter, Sales Check. I joined the magazine as assistant editor to Penny Pollack, Chicago’s dining editor for 20-plus years. I covered restaurants and bars and contributed to Penny’s popular weekly dining newsletter, Dish.


Managing Editor  August 2008 – August 2009

          Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Research & Reference Associate  August 2006 – July 2008

          Central Reference Services, University of Illinois Library, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois


          Modern Steel Construction magazine, Chicago



     Master of Library & Information Science, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007

     Bachelor of Science, Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004


Those are the basics. A detailed résumé is available at LinkedIn, or by emailing lena@lenasinger.com.