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At LiveAbout, we believe that your free time matters. Time away from the stress of work and responsibilities at home is limited, and we want to help you make the most of those precious hours.

That’s why our coverage is a lovable jumble of urban legends, sports history, and esoteric trivia that you can lose yourself in for hours. Our articles discuss everything from fashion advice to UFO sightings, all so you can dive deep down an Internet rabbit hole or bring home the win for your Wednesday night trivia team. You’re welcome.

Our Writers

Our writers are experts and professionals in their fields. Get sailing advice from a U.S. Coast Guard officer, learn about ghosts from a real-life paranormal investigator, and perfect your keyboard skills with tips from a classically trained pianist. Meet a few of our writers:

Brent Kelley

Brent Kelley has worked in sports journalism for more than 30 years. He began his career as a copy editor and section editor, and ultimately became the Sunday Sports Editor at the San Antonio Express-News. Under Brent's editorial leadership, the Express-News was recognized as one of the 10 best U.S. sports sections in its circulation category by the Associated Press.

Christopher McKittrick

Christopher McKittrick is a film and entertainment writer whose writing on film has been anthologized in books including 100 Entertainers Who Changed America: An Encyclopedia of Pop Culture Luminaries and Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film. He has spoken widely about film at national conferences and conventions, including New York Comic-Con and the Midwest American Culture Association Conference.

In addition to covering film and Hollywood, Christopher is a web editor for VFX Voice, a leading publication on visual effects in film and other industries. He was previously the U.S. editor for Creative Screenwriting. Christopher's film expertise has been quoted in outlets including the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.com.

Benjamin Jerew

Benjamin Jerew has over 10 years of experience as a certified master automobile technician. While serving as an expert technician at Lexus and Toyota, he worked in all aspects of maintenance, diagnosis, and repair. Ben specializes in complex electrical and electronic systems diagnosis. He has also taught college courses in auto repair.

Beverly Jenkins

Beverly L. Jenkins is a humor and pop culture writer with a background in television news production. She is the author of three web humor books (Photobombed!, You Had One Job!, and Crap I Bought on Ebay) and the creator of six meme-based daily humor calendars. She has also written extensively for CollegeHumor, Photoshop Disasters, and other humor sites.

Editorial Guidelines

The editorial staff manages all of the content you find on LiveAbout. LiveAbout contributors do not give preferential treatment to any outside resource (company, publication, video, affiliate, website) based on their relationship with the person or company who authors or owns that resource—even if that person is himself or herself. In cases when an outside resource is objectively relevant to an article and useful to a reader, appropriate disclosures are made in accordance with FTC guidelines.

Links are added to content with the sole purpose of navigating you to relevant content throughout our sites that may help further your knowledge about your topic of interest. We may link to outside web pages if they relate to a source used to create our content or we think they provide additional information that may be of assistance. 

Our product review articles are created, written, published, and managed by an independent product review team. We receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase. Point-of-purchase links are clearly labeled as such. If you have questions, comments, or opinions you’d like to share with our product review team, please email commercefeedback@dotdash.com.

LiveAbout staff members who work on content creation do not work on the advertising team. All staffers are responsible for disclosing any potential conflicts of interest.

Ethics

LiveAbout is an entertainment site. Our content is guided by and upholds the Society for Professional Journalists’ foundations of ethical journalism: being accurate and fair, minimizing harm, acting independently, and being accountable and transparent. We also uphold the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines on disclosures, where applicable.

Our content covers a broad range of topics and perspectives, including beliefs that may not be scientifically proven. This content is provided for entertainment purposes only.

Quality Standards

Every article you see has several people behind it working to make sure that it is understandable, helpful, and reflective of our editorial guidelines.

Content is only published to the site after it has been reviewed and edited by our editorial team. All visuals, tools, and videos are subject to the same approval process. In addition, our editorial staff works to improve our existing corpus and ensure our content library is up to date. If necessary, articles are re-edited. If an article has been modified, the date of the most recent update is provided at the top of the page.

Corrections

If you notice something in one of our articles that needs to be corrected, please send us an email at contact@liveabout.com and let us know.

Meet Our Team

Molly Fergus
VP & General Manager

Molly is the Vice President and General Manager of LiveAbout. She has been with Dotdash since 2013 and has dedicated her entire career to digital media.

Before joining Dotdash, Molly was an associate digital editor for Condé Nast Traveler, where she helped launch the magazine’s first proprietary website. Previously, she contributed to communications for education and nonprofit organizations, including The Immunization Partnership and the University of Missouri College of Education. Her work has also appeared in SelfRedbookWomen’s Wear Daily, and CNN.

She lives in New York City, grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Olivia Valdes
Associate Editorial Director

Olivia Valdes is the Associate Editorial Director for LiveAbout. She has been with Dotdash since 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, Olivia worked in the manuscript editorial department at Yale University Press. She has also written for The Economist Careers Network and other education outlets.

Olivia holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She grew up in South Florida and lives in New York City.

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Amanda Prahl
Assistant Editor

Amanda Prahl is the Assistant Editor of LiveAbout. Her written work, which focuses on history and the arts, has been published by outlets including HowlRound, Slate, and BroadwayWorld. Amanda is also a working playwright, lyricist, and dramaturg. Her plays and musicals have appeared at numerous festivals and new works series.

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About Dotdash

LiveAbout is part of the Dotdash publishing family.

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, Treehugger, and ThoughtCo.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell: The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. Over 38 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia: Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches over 20 million people each month.

The Balance: The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to over 17 million people each month.

The Spruce: The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach nearly 40 million people each month.

Simply Recipes: Simply Recipes, one of the original food blogs, helps 9.7 million people each month get easy, delicious food on the table for themselves and their families.

Serious Eats: Serious Eats delivers trustworthy recipes, rigorously tested techniques, and food science to over 4.4 million hungry readers each month. 

Byrdie: Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches 10.5 million people each month.

Brides: Brides inspires and guides 4.6 million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.

MyDomaine: MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches nearly two million people each month.

Lifewire: Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps 5.7 million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy: TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help 3.8 million people each month have the best travel experiences.

Liquor.com: Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate 3.7 million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

Treehugger: Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With 2.6 million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

ThoughtCo: ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps 6.4 million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: Comscore, March 2021 US

Senior Management Team

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Contact Us

Do you have something you’d like to let us know? Whether you have a comment or an idea to share, we look forward to hearing from you. 

We try our best to use your suggestions to improve our content. Feel free to reach out to contact@liveabout.com

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