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Maressa Brown

Greater NYC

Maressa Brown

An online & print journalist with over a decade of professional experience writing, reporting, and editing women's lifestyle (e.g. health, love/sex, beauty/style) and pop culture content.

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Photographer Claps Back at Critics of Mom Who Did a Sexy Postpartum Photo Shoot

When photographer Trina Cary began looking for a couple who would be willing to do an intimate photo shoot, a mom from Canada named Mel responded to her callout. Mel had given birth to three babies over the course of a year — a son in March 2013 and then twin girls in March 2014 — and she was struggling with post-baby body image.
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See What This Brave Mom Did to Mark Her Last Day of Breastfeeding

Choosing to breastfeed is a completely personal thing that some moms do for a month, a year, or several years, depending on her supply and a gazillion other factors. A 29-year-old mom named Natasha Fogarty from St. Louis, Missouri, recently marked her last day of breastfeeding her 5-month-old son Milo.
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10 Breast Cancer Survivors' Mastectomy Tattoos That Are Stunning & Inspiring (PHOTOS)

Every October, we have a national conversation about breast cancer and what we can do to further understanding, awareness, and acceptance. But every month of the year, breast cancer patients are battling and surviving. And every month of the year, women undergo mastectomies -- during which breast tissue and sometimes nipples are removed -- as a result of the disease.
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10-Year-Olds Are More Afraid of Fat Than Cancer: Why That Hits Home for Me

I'm mid-suicide run. Morbid name for it, to be sure, but the drill-style workout -- in which you run to and from a starting line to a progressively farther line -- can have you feeling, well, like you're going to die. But somehow, I feel stronger, more powerful, and more capable than I've ever felt while moving my body this way.
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Jillian Michaels Talks to Us About Motherhood & How She's Making Dreams Come True

Jillian Michaels may be best known for her hardcore workouts and aggressive training style on The Biggest Loser, but the mom of two has a lot more to offer than lessons on "lunges, chicken, and broccoli," as she jokes. In an effort to share information, tools, and inspiration that will help people create the lives of their dreams, she's launched her "Maximize Your Life" Tour.
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6 Reasons Your Lady Parts Might Be Itching

Having a vagina is awesome for many reasons. Like, the fact that we can have multiple orgasms is incredible and oh, yeah, that whole growing and birthing a human thing, too. But the complicated magic of our lady parts is also what makes ’em aggravating not just once a month but when they’re irritated by all manner of things—from carb overload, stress, or chemical-laden laundry detergent.
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Tess Holliday Has the Best Response for Blogger Who Called Her a Bad Role Model

There's pretty much no reason Tess Holliday needs to GAF what critics think about her body, but ever since announcing that she's pregnant, she's become even more of a target for their haterade. One particularly vocal detractor is a fitness blogger from Australia named Ashy Bines, who recently posted these side-by-side pics of Tess and an underweight model to Insta, calling both bad role models for young women.
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10 Surprising Reasons You Should Know Your Blood Type (PHOTOS)

With gadgets like FitBit and programs like the iPhone's Health app becoming more and more prevalent, we'll all soon have instant access to our personal health record. But plenty of us are still in the dark when it comes to certain details. That said, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to knowing your blood type.
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Breast Cancer Prevention Must-Knows for Every Age

What your breast cancer prevention plan should be, based on your age. With Breast Cancer Awareness month kicking off, you are probably seeing a lot of pink and talk of mammograms. But it may be rare that you get the chance to sit down and dig into what the experts say you should be doing for prevention, depending on your age.
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'Wake Me Up When I'm Skinny' T-Shirt Is the Last Thing a Pregnant Woman Needs (PHOTOS)

If you thought ridiculous novelty t-shirts were only reserved for the racks of department store juniors' sections, gag gift emporium Spencer's, and anywhere cruises dock, you are gravely mistaken, my friend. Apparently, maternity chain A Pea in the Podalso has 'em, and their kind are made just for expectant moms.
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8 All-Natural Ways to Ward Off the Cold & Flu (PHOTOS)

Ugh, it's that time of year again! And sadly, not just Halloween decorating or pumpkin-picking or Pumpkin Spice Latte-sipping time ... It's also that seasonal shift when colds, flu, and all other manner of annoying and debilitating bugs can strike at a moment's notice! One minute you're feelin' awesome, the next, you'd rather be glued in bed than do anything else.
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Fit Mom of 3 Accused of 'Fat-Shaming' Women Is Just Telling the Truth (PHOTO)

Thirty-two-year-old California mom, fitness enthusiast, and former beauty queen Maria Kang probably thought she was just posting some run-of-the-mill "fitspo" or fitspiration when she posted a photo of herself on Facebook. She was in a workout bra and booty shorts, flaunting her toned body, alongside her three little sons, then aged 3 years, 2 years, and 8 months, with the caption: "What's Your Excuse?"
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About

Maressa Brown

Whether I'm reporting on women's health research by interviewing medical experts, doing one-on-one interviews with celebrities like Jennifer Garner or Selena Gomez, or creating in-depth, visually-appealing features on red carpet or fitness trends, my copy is conversational and substantive. I'm also a media-trained journalist comfortable being on-camera, having represented CafeMom's The Stir in both live and taped-to-air segments as host of "The Daily Stir" web series and a commentator on Good Morning America, HuffPost Live, and CafeMom's "Moms Matter" Google Hangouts series.

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Skills

  • Adobe PhotoShop
  • ChartBeat
  • Omniture
  • Facebook Signal
  • SEO
  • Social media best practices
  • Magazine features
  • HTML
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • CMS
  • Interviews
  • Web content
  • InDesign
  • Broadcast commentary
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Reporting