My Road to Travel Editor at U.S. News: Alumni Spotlight Series

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Hannah Cheney

Publishing & Writing (MA) 2012
I am the Travel Editor at U.S. News, where I manage the annual Best Hotels product. I also frequently write travel articles, slideshows and destination guides. Prior to joining U.S. News in 2015, I worked for the travel books department of National Geographic, and had articles published in Men’s Health, Boston Magazine and Washingtonian magazine.
Describe your career path since graduation.

I interned at several magazines and went on numerous informational interviews until I had made enough of a name for myself and was offered a full-time editing job at National Geographic. Leaving Boston a couple days after graduation made the job hunt especially challenging, since all of my contacts during grad school had been made in Boston. It was a long, slow process but I eventually made it into my chosen career and worked my way up to my current role (travel editor at U.S. News & World Report).

Why did you choose to attend Emerson?
I chose Emerson because I had heard wonderful things about the program and thought it would be a top-notch educational intro into the publishing world.
Tell us about your Emerson experience.
I had a great time at Emerson and learned a lot during my time there, especially from three specific professors. I went in thinking I was going to eventually enter the world of book publishing, only to quickly change my mind and settle on online/magazine editing. So glad I never looked back.
Describe Emerson in 3 words.
Creative, urban, inspiring.
Describe your most memorable experience with Emerson’s faculty.
My column writing professor (Jeff Seglin) was instrumental in helping me shape my voice and in helping me figure out what type of publishing I wanted to do. I still reach out to him when facing a career crossroads, and he’s always quick to help me out.
What was the best thing about living in Boston? How did you take advantage of our urban campus?
I grew up in a Boston suburb, so I was very familiar with the city. The campus location is ideal for exploring Boston.
Tell us about a memorable internship that you worked on as a student.
I loved interning at Boston Magazine while in grad school; it really helped solidify where I wanted to land after graduation.
How did Emerson help you get to where you are today?
I learned a ton during my time at Emerson, and I’m still thankful for my time there and glad I decided to attend.