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Xarissa Holdaway is a driven, creative media leader with years of experience directing projects across editorial, audience development, and platform groups. She’s led cross-functional teams in multiple newsrooms, and launched departments at nonprofits and startups. Her specialty is engaging audiences with creative content experiences that generate loyalty, participation, and even delight. For more, see the portfolio page.

As an editor, Xarissa can lead coverage across platforms and in every format from features to video to games. She has experience covering breaking news, as well as sensitive, charged topics of national importance. Her writing has appeared in The Awl, Al Jazeera America, The New Inquiry, Religion & Politics, Religion Dispatches, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Take a look at clips here.

People who have worked with Xarissa describe her as diligent, trustworthy, and a natural leader. To contact her for full-time work, consulting projects, or writing assignments, please email xarissa dot holdaway at gmail dot com.