Serena Golden is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Ore., where she majored in English language and literature. She started her journalism career at Inside Higher Ed in the District, where she spent nearly seven years in a variety of editorial roles. After that, she spent three years in Los Angeles, first as a writer and editor for the UCLA Newsroom, then as managing editor of MEL Magazine, an online culture and lifestyle publication. She returned to the District to become deputy managing editor at the Express (R.I.P.), where she edited news and features, produced the weekly "Fit" section and wrote the Eye Openers (odd news) on the paper's first page. Her hobbies include running, practicing yoga, reading novels and watching “Love Island” (U.K. edition).
Vanessa Larson comes to The Post from the Express, where she spent three and a half years as copy editor and then copy chief, until the paper ceased publication in September. Prior to Express, she was a digital copy editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Vanessa spent nearly seven years in Istanbul, during which she contributed to four successive editions of Fodor’s Turkey guidebook; helped launch and served as the first managing editor of Culinary Backstreets, an online publication covering local food cultures around the world; and worked as an editor and writer at several other outlets.
A native of Washington, Vanessa graduated from Smith College and later earned a joint master’s in journalism and Near Eastern Studies from New York University. She is fluent in Turkish and has a passion for Middle Eastern art and culture, which she has covered for a number of publications, including regular film reviews and arts features for The Post. She filed her first freelance story for The Post in 2012, on the opening of Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence in Istanbul.
Lillian Barkley needs little introduction to Opinions, but … “I’m excited to officially join the multiplatform editing desk. I have been a multiplatform editing intern at the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and (most important) here as an intern in Editorial. I love furthering my education, which is why I spent an extra year adding an M.S. to my B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I grew up on the Illinois side of St. Louis and have a deep appreciation for frozen custard and corn, though I’ve also been traveling to the Rockies since I could fit in ski boots. I’m so happy to continue my time here and keep exploring everything the District has to offer.” We are also happy that Lillian’s baking skills will not be lost.