About

Meg Bortin2Meg Bortin is an American journalist and author based in Paris. As a reporter and editor, she covered international affairs for 30 years, with postings in Paris, London and Moscow. In 1992, she was the founding editor of The Moscow Times, the first independent English-language daily in Russia. She was a senior editor at the International Herald Tribune, and has written for many other publications. Many of her articles can be found at nytimes.com.

As an author, she has published a memoir, Desperate to Be a Housewife (Mirabelle Books, 2013), and a personal essay, Dear Djeneba, in Family Wanted: Stories of Adoption (Granta Books, 2005; Random House, 2006). She currently has two works in progress: Footprints Through Time: A White Mother’s Search for Common Roots With Her Black Daughter, and an unnamed novel about betrayal, both romantic and literary.

Meg Bortin was honored by The New York Times in 2007 with a Punch award for outstanding performance. While completing her memoir, she received fellowships to two writing programs, the Normal Mailer Writers Colony and the Southampton Writers Conference. In 1996, she was awarded a Knight fellowship and spent five months teaching journalism throughout the Philippines.

She holds a BA in French and history from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in French from Cornell University, and has taught journalism as an associate professor at the American University of Paris.

She currently teaches creative writing at Wice, an Anglophone cultural association in Paris, and writes the French culinary blog The Everyday French Chef. She lives in Paris with her daughter and spends time in Burgundy, where they have a garden.