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Welcome, Megan!

Megan Cahn
I’m excited today to introduce you guys to our new editor,
Megan Cahn. She’s wonderful and I know you’re going to love her! This spring, we had a big search for a new editor, and we got hundreds of applications from smart and awesome women. It was really hard to narrow down the list, but in the end, we were thrilled to find Megan. Here are some fun facts about her…

Her Backstory:

Megan was born in Spain, but grew up in Marin in Northern California. After college in San Francisco, she moved to New York City to try for a career in the magazine industry. Most recently, she has worked as a beauty editor at Elle.com and Refinery29. She loves to write and read about people and discover the interesting stories we all have in our lives. (For example, her first post on Cup of Jo, was about surrogacy.) Megan lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé Mac, her cat Edie and a whole lot of plants.

Lightning Round Q. & A. With Megan

Favorite book:
It’s so hard to pick just one, but I can say I’ve loved all Jeffrey Eugenides’ books. Middlesex was one of the first novels I read as an adult that truly blew me away, and Virgin Suicides was a dreamy coming-of-age story like no other. If you liked Sofia Coppola’s movie adaptation (which I believe is her best after Lost in Translation), trust me, the book is even better. After reading his first two novels, I eagerly waited for him to publish a third, and when The Marriage Plot finally came out, I wasn’t disappointed.

TV show you always watch: I am not a huge TV person, and I have the (very-annoying-to-my-boyfriend) habit of falling asleep on the couch halfway through anything, whether it’s a movie or a half-hour TV show. But the shows that have kept me awake are Girls, Downton Abbey (RIP, tear) and Mad Men (another tear).

Daily breakfast: This may sound like something your grandma would prefer, but I am a big fan of fruit and cottage cheese. If I don’t have that, some walnut butter (I swear it’s much better than almond) on whole wheat toast does the trick. If it’s the weekend, eggs and lots of cheese, please!

Random pet peeve: I color coordinate all the clothes in my closet and will give you the side-eye if you hang something up out of place or facing the wrong direction.

Most memorable vacation: When my now-fiancé and I first started dating, he had to go to Jordan for three months for work. His absence was almost worth it because I got to visit him. We went on an amazing trip to the Wadi Rum desert where we rode camels into the middle of nowhere with a Bedouin guide and spent the night in tents surrounded by towering cliffs and red sand dunes. It was magical — the sky had never looked so big.

Dream vacation: These days I’ve been dreaming about road-tripping in the United States. I would love to see all the national parks in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. White Sands and Zion look so awesome. I seem to have a real desert theme going on here. I love Palm Springs, too.

A fun fact: I just ran the Brooklyn half marathon. I’ve joined sports teams in the past and done the gym thing, but my dedication has a tendency to waver. I was pretty proud of myself for going through all the training and making it across that finish line in Coney Island.

Activities you enjoy in New York: As a big thrifter, I pride myself on being able to find hidden gems in daunting racks of clothing and housewares. I have a few secret places in Queens that I’ve been frequenting for years. I also love finding restaurants with great backyards and drinking wine in them.

The #1 thing on your summer wish list: This summer I’m on a mission to find a bathing suit I love and feel comfortable in. I have a tendency wear the same black triangle style — and often same suit — year after year. This year I am going put in the effort. As of now, I am eyeing this pale blue top and bottom from COS.

A few more pics of Megan…

Welcome, Megan Cahn, to Cup of Jo!

Megan with her three older brothers in Marin.

Welcome, Megan Cahn, to Cup of Jo!

Selfie at the finish line of the half marathon.

megancat

Megan’s cat, Edie.

Naomi and Pedro Wedding

Thank you so much, Megan! We’re so happy to have you here.

(Portraits in our office by Tory Williams.)

  1. Congratulations, Megan… especially for running the marathon. You’re more dedicated than me. Hahaha. Btw… I’m an entrepreneur in Los Angeles. Have my own cosmetics line.

  2. Welcome, Megan! This blog has been on my daily must-read list for many years, and I’m excited to see what you will bring it!

    And good luck on the wedding planning…I’m a floral designer and creative director/stylist who loves to travel, if you’re looking for anyone (wink, wink). You can see my work on my IG @earlyginny

  3. Awesome! As one of those hundreds of applicants myself, I must say that this lady looks like quite the stellar pick. Glad you found someone great to join the team and can’t wait to read her posts!

  4. Welcome Megan!!! great job with your race! and love the photo of you and your cat :)

  5. Oh goodness, we desperately need a post on Megan’s secret vintage spots around town! Pleeeeeeeeeeease :) :)

  6. Jenna says...

    Welcome Megan! My favourite book is also Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (if I had to pick one favourite)! It’s just such a detailed, layered book, incredible writing!

  7. Darina says...

    Welcome Megan! When I saw that you’re from Marin I got the “Bay Area Pride” warm and fuzzies. I grew up all over the Bay and after a few years in SF (where a piece of my heart will always live), we moved across the bridge to Oakland and LOVE it. But Marin…oh Marin. Just took some family to Cavallo Point, one of my favorite places. Excited to read your posts! I’m a daily Cup of Jo reader and just adore Joanna and all the posts.

  8. So exciting! I’ve been following COJ since my high school days and feel like I have grown up as a young adult woman right alongside this blog! Love seeing it expand and grow; I know Megan will fit right in!

  9. Welcome, Megan! My husband and I are planning a U.S. road trip, so I’d love any and all tips. The southwest nat’l park scene certainly intrigues me, but he’s not as sold, so I’m trying to win him over! We just went to the Oregon Coast for our honeymoon, and loved it! I thought it was a lot like Big Sur but less crowded :) If you haven’t been, Oswald West State park and Ecola State Park are awesome.

    Also, good luck with wedding planning! My unsolicited advice is don’t be afraid to just NOT do things. Among other things, we didn’t do gifts, a bridal shower, the bouquet/garter toss, or even a wedding cake (served a simple dessert), and everything turned out great! I’m sure your wedding will be wonderful!

  10. Hey Megan –
    Welcome, and congrats on finishing the half-marathon. My husband and I are race directors for Florida Road Races in Tampa Bay. If you’re freezing in January, our Clearwater Half is a beautiful run! Wishing you much success at A Cup of Jo!

  11. Courtney says...

    It does come across Joanna but I think its good to have it reflected in the visible staff. I really like you all and will assume (fingers crossed) that there a strong effort at hiring women of color to reflect your very diverse content. Not discounting your new editor though. Seems like a good addition!

  12. Theresa says...

    Welcome!! I met my husband in Fairfax, CA…random story. :) We live in Alameda, CA now, but are planning a big move to Arcata, CA, even more north, but amazing part of CA! I look forward to reading your posts! Seems like a great team to work with!

  13. Ana says...

    welcome Megan!
    I was really moved by your first post; you’ve set the bar really high ;))
    can’t wait to read new things from you.

  14. Samantha says...

    Can everyone just stop it with the diversity requirements? How many of you sponsor this website anyway? I really don’t see what’s the problem with Joanna hiring white women with dark hair. Like seriously? For how long have you read this blog? I’ve been ready for about 6 or 7 years and I can tell you that Cup of Jo has feature ALL kinds of women and families. White, black, asian, jewish, latinos, gay, etc. And they’ve been keeping it that diverse with just white writers. Doesn’t that tell you that their skin has nothing to do with the diversity of the content? I’m a jewish latina myself, and guess what, I’m not looking for a Cup of Jo to feature any jewish latinas, they can just post whatever they want to because they’ve never made me feel excluded or discriminated and I have enjoyed every single post anyway. If you want to see race-specific content look somewhere else.

    • Hooray!

  15. congratulations, megan!!! looking forward to reading more :)

    hammyta.wordpress.com

  16. Julia says...

    Megan, welcome! If you do check out White Sands, please stop by El Paso. It’s an awesome city and I’m totally a biased El Pasoan.
    Here’s the highlights:
    1. White Sands
    2. Franklin Mountain Trails
    3. Mexican Food! – L&Js, Carlos & Mickey’s Brunch…
    4. Thrifting – Family Thrift (AMAZING)
    Our neighboring city of Las Cruces also has a wonderful farmer’s market, a used bookstore (COAS) that cannot be missed, and the best lunch place ever – Zeffiro’s – all homemade breads and pastas.
    The southwest is just so gorgeous. Do not miss the opportunity to take a trip here. Enjoy Cup of Jo, can’t wait to see what new features you bring. :)

  17. Rebecca.H says...

    Congratulations & welcome to Cup of Jo, Megan! Best of luck in your new position!! There’s always a learning curve with any new job, so keep smiling, think positive, and each day will get easier 😊🌷

  18. You’re born in Spain! Good :)
    Welcome!!

  19. Welcome! While living in San Francisco now, I also grew up in Marin (didn’t make it as far.) went to RH. Excited to read your posts!

  20. Leticia says...

    Welcome Megan!

    And now on to business: You got to write us a post about those thrift shops in Queens AND the restaurants with backyards! Please?

  21. lauren says...

    Welcome Megan! I LOVED that surrogacy interview, and look forward to many more great pieces!

    PS – Joanna, just a quick one to say – i love that you posted a bit ago about that blue and white dress… and then bought it! It’s adorable, and you look great!

  22. Jasper says...

    Welcome Megan! I have been reading and loving Cup of Jo since 2009, would also like to echo the sentiment re diversity and different voices – just imagine how much more richer this wonderful site could become.

  23. Daniela says...

    Where is Caroline? Is she not in the team anymore?

  24. Anna says...

    I love your idea about a trip to see the national parks in southwest U.S.! What fun that would be! I’d love to go to Zion someday. A post about the places you’d most want to see on your dream vacation would be so cool. ;) (And I bet the comments section would be full of great suggestions from people who live there or have been there!)

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Thanks Anna, that is a great idea!

  25. Megan says...

    welcome, Megan! three things we have in common:
    1. our name
    2. we’re both fiancés
    3. we both organize our closets by color

    • Megan Cahn says...

      I like you already ;)

  26. Welcome, Megan! Excited to see a fellow Marin-ite. . . what town did you grow up in? I’m from San Anselmo and those hills in that one photo look familiar, but then again all the hills in Marin look similar :)

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Hi! I actually grew up in San Anselmo, but my family moved to Fairfax. Went to Brookside and Drake. That picture was taken at Stinson Beach .

    • Jenny says...

      Such a small world! I went to Drake. My first job was at the Fairfax movie theater ;)

  27. Yay, welcome, Megan! I can’t wait to read all of your lovely posts. <3 xo

  28. Maggie says...

    Hello Megan & welcome! I’m originally from Ukiah, CA and I’ve got cousins in San Rafael. Happy to “meet” a local.

  29. Sarah C says...

    Welcome Megan! So excited to read your posts in the future. A Cup of Jo is probably my favorite blog right now. Always interesting and diverse content, as well as a thoughtful commenting section that isn’t full of trolls (unusual!).

  30. CDanidu says...

    Welcome!! I live about 30 minutes away from White Sands, and can say for sure it will blow your mind! If you need travel recommendations for this region, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email!

  31. Well, this is pretty much the prettiest team I’ve ever seen!

  32. J.E. says...

    i love the blog and you and your full team! so my next thought came right after and alongside, “yippeee!!! you always hire such thoughtful and interesting individuals”. It was–oh my goodness i’m reading a blog that is by and for white white white women of a certain milieu. that’s mine to be aware of and make choices to diversify my content and be aware. i was surprised and pleased to see that there’s others who are wrestling with the same thought in terms of being conscious and conscientious when it comes to actively seeking and engaging with a diverse array of perspectives–and I mean race and ethnicity. Thank you for a lovely daily read and all you share. and i wanted to share this, too. Dialogue, reflection, introspection–the stuff your blog is made of, in part. Welcome, Megan!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you so much for your note! We have a very small team, and at the moment the four of us are white, but we have freelancers and photographers and interviewees who are all different races, backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, etc. We strive to feature a diverse group of women on the site and want everyone to feel included. this is not a blog for white women only, and i very much hope that comes through!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’ve been thinking deeply about the conversation in this comment section all this week, and I wanted to say that I completely hear what is being said. We strive to reflect diversity in our posts — different races, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, etc. — but I understand how the full-time editorial staff should also reflect our readership and all the women we cover and write for. That is important. We’re hoping to hire more people this year and next, and this will absolutely be front of mind. We want everyone to feel welcome, included and represented when reading Cup of Jo. Thank you again to everyone for your feedback, as always; I love this community so much and am always grateful for such articulate, thoughtful and important conversations.

  33. welcome meghan! :-)

  34. Allegra says...

    About diversity – I feel that this blog is Joanna’s voice and it doesn’t need to represent all the voices in the world if she doesn’t want it to. (Of course that would be great, but come on, you can only ask so much of one woman.) Besides, I can understand that she might want the tone of the posts to stay the same, familiar Cup of Jo (and I do love that tone) even after the blog has grown from her one-woman endeavour to a team effort. I mean, it has always looked like she hires only mini versions of herself, but that would sort of explain the theme :)

    • Claire says...

      I think I agree with this, Allegra. While I want to see diversity in ideas/topics written about, I love Cup of Jo for staying true to its initial voice, aka Joanna. Caroline did a really nice job of bringing a fresh perspective and unique ideas while also remaining consistent to what Cup of Jo has always been, in part why I think we all loved her so much. This is not to say that everyone has to be the same to work at Cup of Jo, but the reason why this blog works, in my opinion, is that you could ask each team member to write about a topic and while they’d have their own uniquely engaging style, it would still come across as classic Cup of Jo. Just my two cents!

    • s.m. says...

      well said!! I think this is an important point.

    • I love Cup of Jo and think the content is diverse and representative of all sorts of different people, races, sexual orientations, etc. It seems like a really non judgemental, open minded and thoughtful space on the internet so I’m thinking it just so happened that the best candidates for recent open positions were fair skinned brunettes. My two cents.

      Welcome, Megan. Looking forward to getting to know you and I agree – major tears over the end of Downton Abbey!

      http://theroyalpost.com

  35. Jordan says...

    Welcome! Would love to hear about the differences between SF and NYC that you’ve noticed. I live in SF and dream about packing up and moving to NYC someday!

    • Megan Cahn says...

      I love both cities for sure. NYC is much more fast-paced. I always have to remember to slow-down when I got back to SF, which is nice. I also miss the burritos.

  36. Sophie says...

    Hi Megan! Could you provide a list of your favorite patios to drink wine on in NYC? I’m looking for some new ones :)

  37. Maile says...

    I have to laugh because when I first started enjoying this blog I couldn’t figure out why Joanne looked so familiar, but then I figured out that I worked w her sister at UCSF. And now here’s Megan; we went to middle school together. It’s a small world with many intersecting pieces! Good Luck Megan!

  38. Sarah says...

    Congrats Megan! Way to go- running the half-marathon, what an amazing fitness accomplishment! Welcome to the Cup of Jo crew, I cannot wait to read your future posts!

  39. Welcome! And I hope you make it out to Utah. We are pretty proud of our National Parks. :) Hope you can visit Bryce Canyon when you come.

  40. KSullivan says...

    Woot! Woot! Congrats, Megan!

  41. Yay! Welcome Megan.

    I really enjoyed her post on being a surrogate. I didn’t know much about it until I read it. I’m looking forward to future posts!

    :)

    SarahJaiheLee.com

  42. Kendra says...

    Welcome Megan! Glad you’re here :)

  43. Beatrice says...

    Welcome, Megan!
    I am glad you have joined the team of Cup of Jo! :)
    You are beautiful and professional.
    The best of luck to you and the entire team!

  44. Nina says...

    Welcome Welcome! If you go to Zion’s – also go to Arches and Bryce…and I’ve heard Goblin on the other side of Zion is amazing and not as crowded. And make sure to go white water rafting in Moab. and since you’re down south might as well head to St. George and Tuachan (and many talk up the Shakespeare festival but I’ve never been). I’d love if you went to Montana and compared the skies…when I was there I was like “wow, I get the term big sky country, now!”

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Thanks for the amazing tips! I love the idea of comparing skies :)

  45. Chelsea says...

    Welcome, Megan! I live in Albuquerque, NM and would love for you to experience a trip to the beautiful southwest and write about it on Cup of Jo!

  46. Welcome Megan! I love your travel goals. My family of 4 has taken the year off and is traveling to most of the National Parks and some State parks in the US. http://Www.adventurepossible.com

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s amazing, katie!!

    • Theresa says...

      This is a dream of ours! I’m going to follow your adventure! Enjoy!

  47. Natalie Brennan says...

    Hi Megan!!! Excited to get to know you:)

  48. Christina says...

    yoooo the brother with the glasses. Is he single?

    • Ana says...

      What about the one in the hoodie?

    • Megan Cahn says...

      They both are actually spoken for, but I will let them know you asked ;)

  49. Veronica says...

    Hey Megan,

    Any tips for NYC restaurants with great backyards to drink wine in?

  50. Jan says...

    Hey congrats!
    Each of you is unique — you will bring wonderful things to this blog. I enjoy the youthful approach, open and honest.
    Can’t help but share something, I live in AZ and have been to many of the Nat’l Parks here and in Utah.
    1. Get a park pass when you go, it gets you in all the parks for one year.
    2. Definitely see Zion and Bryce.
    3. The North Rim (GC) is less crowded and not as easy to get to than the South Rim, and the BEST place to stay in the South rim ( Grand Canyon National Park) is The Hotel El Tovar. My husband and I always try and book a room there, we have for the past 30 years. You won’t be disappointed.
    Wish you years of happy writing. Welcome.

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Thanks for the tips!

  51. heather says...

    It’s funny: had I known my senior year of college that writing for a blog like Cup of Jo would be a career option, I might have taken a different path. When I saw the job posting I moped to my husband about how it was my dream job, but in order to even be considered I’d probably have to have worked on a fashion magazine or an energetic media source like TAL or Refinery 29. Looks like I nailed the required pedigree!

    Welcome, Megan! Looking forward to your posts. I love how Refinery 29 does those “we tried xyz and here’s what happened.” Hopefully you’ll do some fun guinea pig posts for CoJ. :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea! thanks so much, heather xo

  52. Gabi says...

    Welcome, from a fellow Californian! I hope you love your new job.

  53. Sil says...

    We share the tears for Downton Abbey and Mad Men. Welcome, Megan!

  54. Maria T. says...

    Megan is such a nice person, and I’m so excited for all of you! :)

  55. Tina Crisas says...

    She sounds so nice!!!

  56. Okay, so tell us where to get all the clothes! :) Especially loving Megan’s top and Joanna’s dress. Swoon! Welcome, Megan. Bookish brunettes of the world, unite! xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha, thank you, lindsey! megan’s top is vintage, and my dress is from ace & jig: http://cupjo.co/1XBIBxy

    • Jamie says...

      Yay I am also a bookish brunette, looks like I’ve found the right place in the interwebs :)

    • Katherine says...

      I, too, am a bookish brunette. Love that term!

  57. nicole b. says...

    Congrats, Megan! Welcome! I have a few AZ recommendations when you take that dream vacation. :) xo

  58. Amy says...

    Welcome Megan! Really looking forward to your posts on the blog. I’m a huge fan and honestly can’t imagine life without the posts. Such a lovely community.

  59. Jami says...

    So it’s official: only brunettes can work at Cup of Jo. Give us blondies a chance!! J/k, welcome Megan!

    Looking forward to seeing your posts. I hope you’ll be sharing some of your wedding planning with us!

    • Anna says...

      I was thinking the same thing – – 4 non-blondes :)

      Welcome to this wonderful blog and community, Megan! I also really enjoy Eugenides but wish he were more prolific. I reckon it makes it *that* much more exciting when he writes a new novel.

    • Ha, I thought the same thing! Also: only WHITE brunette women! I mean, hey — I’m a white, brunette, 30-year-old woman, so obviously I’m seeing myself represented here, but it definitely struck me that the first thing I noticed when I saw the top photo was the lack of diversity. =/

      Aside from that — *always* stoked to see more editors and contributors on Cup of Jo! Never enough posts for me. I eat ’em up! :) Welcome, Megan!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you so much for your comments! We are hopefully going to be hiring a few more people on Cup of Jo this year, and also we always strive to reflect diversity in our posts and series — different races, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, etc. We work hard at this and know how important it is for many reasons. We want everyone to feel welcome, included and represented when reading Cup of Jo.

    • Natalie Brennan says...

      I noticed the brunettes thing too! You guys could be sisters! However, I also notice how much Cup of Jo covers different women and races and backgrounds (the beauty uniform series for example). I have appreciated that as a long-term reader! It’s not always that common on lifestyle blogs and i love this site in part because of that diversity and inclusion.

    • Rachel Rodriguez says...

      I would be super excited if they hired a woman of color. Just the same, happy to see you on here Megan!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’re hoping to hire another person later this year, and we have some great new freelancers of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations, so please stay tuned! :)

  60. Glenda says...

    I have the same pet peeve. I
    Love traveling cross country. Welcome!

  61. Welcome Megan! I can’t wait to see if you’ll add a little California flare to Cup of Jo! Marin is beautiful.

    Xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  62. Cait says...

    Yay! Welcome Megan! I lived in Jordan for two years as a young child (and elsewhere) and the Middle East will always have my heart.

  63. Lena says...

    Welcome and congrats on an exciting new role!

    Wondering if Caroline is still on the team? She’s adorable!

    • Sofia says...

      I was thinking the same thing! Is Caroline still contributing to the blog?

    • Jonie says...

      I wondered the same thing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank for your note! She left to write books, but we still love her!!

    • Looking forward to seeing what book Caroline writes, love her writing style.

  64. Talia says...

    Welcome, Megan! A lovely addition to such a great group of women!

  65. Lena says...

    Welcome Megan!!

  66. Jenny says...

    Welcome, Megan! In the top photo, Stella, Megan, and Joanna look like they could be sisters!

  67. welcome Megan!!! excited to hear more from and about you!

    also: what is it with the COJ staff and bathing suit dilemmas? haha :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha so true!

  68. Summer says...

    Welcome, Megan!

  69. Megan- We have so much in common! Growing up in Northern California, Jeffery Eugenides, half marathons and wanting to road trip through the South West, to name a few! Happy official welcoming to A Cup of Jo! I look forward to reading your posts :)

  70. Your post on your sister-in-laws generosity of spirit through surrogacy was so well done! Your energy is sure to enhance the already beautiful flow of A Cup of Jo in motion.

    Welcome

  71. Welcome Megan! It’s delightful to meet you and I’m so happy there’s a cat lady on the team. I have a sweet cat Dinah and random assortment of houseplants that have survived my lack of green thumb ;)

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Meow :)

  72. Megan, your random pet peeve is my random pet peeve. I like you.

    Welcome to the team! Excited to see what you bring.

  73. Maria says...

    Welcome, Megan! Can’t wait to read your posts – I loved the surrogacy article. xo

  74. Cath K says...

    Loved that moving article on surrogacy. Welcome from reader in the UK X

  75. Alice Quin says...

    Welcome Megan! You look awesome!