Michelle Darrisaw

Michelle Darrisaw

Michelle Darrisaw is a journalist with more than a decade of experience. She specializes 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 and fact-checking
  • Graduated summa cum laude with a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 2012.
  • More than seven years of experience writing for well-known publications, including Cooking Light, Southern Living, Essence, and Oprah Daily


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.

Michelle has written about entertainment and lifestyle-driven topics for Essence and Oprah Daily.


Michelle graduated cum laude from Clark University Atlanta with a Bachelor’s degree in fashion design and merchandising. Later, she attended the University of Alabama, where she pursued 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 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,” which honored 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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