Meet the Editor: Caitlin Berens

Meet the Editor: Caitlin Berens

   
Get to know Caitlin Berens, deputy editor of NYMetroParents
    

I grew up on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, the youngest of three children. Back then I was blessed to live within a 30-minute drive of all three of my grandparents. I value nothing more than family.

And, for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to help.

Over the years that desire has spurred me to do many things: play veterinarian to more cats than I can count, wash all the dishes left in the sink, carry anything someone might need in my purse, be my mother’s primary caregiver through her battle with cancer (she’s a survivor), help people share their stories, and tell others the news they need to know.

It’s why many of us decide to become journalists, really, this intrinsic need to help.
     

Caitlin Berens family photo

My family over the holidays

   
Though I’ve loved journalism—marking up papers with red ink, stringing together that perfect sentence—since uncovering that it was a “thing,” what really drew me in was the opportunity to help others. I have always thought that if I could create just one article that would touch someone and make an impact—be it long-lasting or fleeting—that it would all be worthwhile.

Over the years that writing and editing has taken many forms, from helping families celebrate the holidays through Better Homes and Gardens to launching ‘Health Matters With Dr. Sanjay Gupta’ at Everyday Health to publishing pieces about well-being and what really happens to our bodies when we laugh while at Wanderlust.

I love words, AP Style, and talking about punctuation. I’m a Drake University graduate with BAs in magazine journalism and anthropology/sociology. In my free time you can find me exploring New York, practicing yoga, getting giddy at farmers’ markets, and ogling cute dogs (corgis and bulldogs in particular) on the sidewalk. I love Brooklyn and reside in Ditmas Park.
     

Caitlin Berens snowbike

Snowbiking in Keystone, CO

   
Fun facts: 

  • I like to snowbike.
  • I’m shorter than the girl in my family nicknamed “shorty” (5 feet, 6 inches is short for a Berens—my twin brother is 6 feet 5 inches).
  • I have climbed two fourteeners (mountains that are 14,000 feet in elevation or taller) in Colorado. 
  • I’ve been to every zoo in NYC, from the monorail in the Bronx to the cute nursery on Staten Island.
  • My favorite time of year is when the cherry blossoms are in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • I miss the Kentile Floors sign in Brooklyn.
  • I’ve watched in awe as Governors Island has transformed into a remarkable public park; it’s my little oasis in the city.
  • I walk fast and love crunchy leaves.

   
Main image: Enthusiastically picking apples at Wilklow Orchards in Highland this fall

   
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