Abbie Fentress Swanson lives in Los Angeles, where she writes and produces stories about food, agriculture, health, science and the environment. Swanson’s stories have aired on the National Public Radio programs “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Here & Now.” She has written essays for Modern Farmer magazine, the food and travel website Roads & Kingdoms, NPR’s The Salt blog and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2016 and 2017, Swanson was the supervising producer of KCRW’s “Good Food” show.
Prior to moving to California, Swanson covered food and farming for Harvest Public Media and KBIA in Missouri, studied the environmental impacts of meat production in Michigan for a 2014-’15 Knight-Wallace fellowship and worked on the arts and culture desk at WNYC Radio in New York. Several of her stories have won Edward R. Murrow awards and she’s worked on teams that have won Associated Press and Online News Association prizes, and James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals award nominations.
Swanson grew up in central Virginia and is an alumna of the College of William & Mary and the University of California-Berkeley journalism program. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @dearabbie.
Photo of Abbie Fentress Swanson by her cousin Tadd