Charlotte Meryman



Charlotte Meryman is a journalist, essayist, editor and photographer whose work reflects her many interests, including parenting, special needs, education, and science and nature. Over the past two decades, her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Boston Globe Magazine, The Hartford Courant's Northeast magazine, Hampshire Life, FamilyFun, and Wondertime. Her photography has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's former Sunshine magazine, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She was a longtime contributor to FamilyFun,where she also worked as a travel editor from 2011 to 2015. She served as a contributing editor at Wondertime from its launch in 2006 through 2007 and was the editor of Parenting from the Heart, a publication of Motherwear International, from 1998 until its close in 2006. She also is the editor, with Deanna Cook, of the FamilyFun My Great Idea book (Disney Editions, 2005).

In 1999, Meryman received the national Sunday Magazine Editors' Association First Place Features Award for the final installment of her three-year series, "The Race to Reach Elijah," published in Hampshire Life in 1996, '97 and '98. The second installment of that series, which follows the family of a young boy with autism, received an Honorable Mention from the same organization in 1998. Her work also has been recognized by the New England Associated Press News Executives Association, the New England Press Association, and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

The youngest of four children, Meryman was deeply influenced by the experience of growing up on a small farm with a brother who had developmental delays. After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she earned a B.A. in English, she spent a year as a counselor in a group home for adults with special needs before pursuing a career in journalism. She worked for many years as a reporter and editor at Transcript Newspapers in Dedham, Massachusetts, and as an editor at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. Now a freelance writer, editor, and photographer, she lives in western Massachusetts. She and her husband have two grown children.

Selected Works

Essays
After a brother’s difficult life, his sisters find a way to help bring him peace
Raising a girl forces a tomboy mother to make peace with her own femininity
For the author's sister, a disappointing end to a 20-year effort
Articles
First in a three-year series following the family of a young boy recently diagnosed with autism
A year of intensive treatment leads to tension, turmoil and mixed results
As kindergarten begins, disturbing questions remain
Seven years later, an update on the series The Race to Reach Elijah
A four-part series about the triumphs and challenges of raising a child with special needs
A personal story of friendship and mental retardation
Dispatches from the front lines of the breastfeeding battle
Three years on a sailboat changes life for a young family
How one woman's passion for detail brought an antique house back to life