My name is Stacy Gittleman, but people who knew me from college call me Scoop. I am a freelance writer, and most of all a mom of three.
For the past 13 years, I’ve lived in a place I never dreamed (or heard of really) which has turned out to be New York State’s best kept secret: Rochester. It is a little city with big cultural and community offerings surrounded by suburbia, lots of farmland, parks, trails — and the historic Erie Canal waterway system.
I grew up in New York City, big, crowded, the center of the Universe.
For the sake of my husband’s career (he knows, it’s all his fault), I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, New Jersey, and then, went kicking and screaming to that Western New York city of Rochester which turned out all right in the end.
For nearly four years, I was a contributing columnist for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. I loved writing my column because it made people happy. I wrote about people and organizations doing good things for their community.
In 2013, because of a company move (thanks for having a job that pays the bills, hubby!) I transplanted again – to Detroit.
Since then I’ve been a freelance writer, mostly for the Detroit Jewish News where I have won them seven Society for Professional Journalism Awards for my news and feature writing.
I’m always looking for my next story, plus I’ve tinkered with the idea of writing a book that centers on holes in the Child Protective System that allow older teens who seemingly look like they live in good homes but are suffering from neglect, abuse and family estrangement.
Got a story idea? Send it my way!