Michelle Darrisaw

Michelle Darrisaw

Michelle Darrisaw is a journalist specializing in entertainment and lifestyle-driven topics. She’s written and edited content on food, home decor and furnishings, health and wellness, hair and beauty, and travel for publications such as Cooking Light, Southern Living, MyRecipes.com, ESSENCE, and Oprah Daily.


  • Has spent more than a decade researching, fact checking, and writing food and lifestyle content for both print and digital publications.
  • Has extensive experience creating and editing product round-ups and recommendations for e-commerce content.
  • Has nearly two decades of experience in retail and merchandising, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Crate & Barrel, and Farmers Home Furniture.


Michelle Darrisaw started her editorial career nearly two decades ago, fact-checking and covering lifestyle content for JEZEBEL magazine. After moving to Alabama in 2011, she covered restaurants as a freelance writer for Tuscaloosa magazine. Later, she worked as a staff writer and editor for Birmingham-based publications Cooking Light and Southern Living, and she regularly contributed to MyRecipes.com. At Southern Living, she wrote about home decor, beauty, gardening, food, travel, and products. Since moving to New York in 2018, Michelle has written about entertainment and lifestyle-driven topics for ESSENCE and Oprah Daily. Also, amid her experience are merchandising stints at Saks Fifth Avenue, Farmers Home Furniture, and Crate & Barrel, where she learned everything there was to know about accessories, home decor, furniture, entertaining, and appliances.


During Michelle’s matriculation at Clark Atlanta University, she worked at regional publications such as JEZEBEL, Atlanta Sports & Fitness, and Pregnancy & Newborn magazines. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and merchandising. Later, she attended the University of Alabama, pursuing a master’s degree in journalism. She received a fellowship and worked as graduate research and teaching assistant in the journalism department. After completing a summer internship at The Anniston Star newspaper, where she, along with her classmates, was awarded first place in investigative reporting by the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors, she graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in journalism. She was also the recipient of the “Outstanding CommJ Student Award,” honoring the top student in the program. 

Expertise: Food, home furnishings, decor, entertaining, wellness, beauty, and e-commerce
Education: University of Alabama, Clark Atlanta University
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Title: Fact Checker

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