Meet a Staffer: Savannah Waszczuk

Every month, we introduce you to one of the people who work on 417 Magazine. This month, meet Savannah Waszczuk

Savannah Waszczuk, 26
Lifestyle Editor

Q: How long have you been working at 417 Magazine?
A: Four years and five months

Q: Describe what you do at work day-to-day.
A: I come into the office, brew up some energy via the beloved office Keurig, say hi to all my friends/co-workers and check my email. Then, depending on the day, I report on stories, write copy, edit copy, brainstorm story ideas, plan 417 Home and 417 Bride and scout local stores, homes, outdoor spaces and weddings for possible story features.

Q: Describe something you worked on for this issue that you’re proud of.
A: I helped write this month’s cover story, “Best New Restaurants.” It was a tasty adventure that included sampling escargot, and sushi that with local trout and topped with wasabi foam.

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to do for this job?
A: I had to write poetry and participate in a poetry slam, which is where local creative people are scored while they read their work on stage in front of a room of people. It really forced me to step outside of my comfort zone.

Q: What’s your favorite piece of magazine lingo?
A: TOC blurbs. It means Table of Contents blurbs… I think I just like the word blurbs.

Q: What celebrity would you most like to have coffee and conversation with? Why?
A: Intellectual Savannah says Steve Jobs (R.I.P.), because I feel he would inspire me to do great things. Real Savannah says Vince Vaughn, because I think he’s sexy and hilarious.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to doin 417-land?
A: Spend time on the lake, where I enjoy swimming and tubing (and failing at every other water sport I attempt).

Q: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever had to do for this job?
A: I got to go to Italy with a local chef to sample a bunch of Italian food. Wait, wait… That was former art director Cassie Darst. (I’m still bitter.) For real, I was a part of the redesign of 417 Home magazine, and as the editor, I basically got to start from scratch and present an entirely new magazine. I really enjoyed the challenge of developing a local home magazine that provided better reader service due to the changing economy.

Q: If there were a movie about your life in 417-land, what would its title be?
A: YOLO in SOMO

Q: Do you have a nickname in the 417 Magazine office?
A: Savvy.

Q: What would your co-workers say is your most distinguishing feature at work?
A: I’m the president of the Fun Committee. I would hope they would say I am fun and energetic. And I know they’d say I often yell out inappropriate things.

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