When I was a child I got in trouble for writing on magazines in stores, on my mom’s shopping list and anything else I could find.
So a career as a journalist and writer was a natural fit.
Born, bred and buttered in England, I moved to the U.S. in 1996. I faxed more than 70 cover letters and resumes to editors in New York and as luck would have it, one of them hired me, once he’d met me in person. It must have been the flashy mint green suit.
I worked on staff at various B2B magazines in New York City, and prior to that, for a trade magazine and a photo-journalism agency in London, UK.
In 2011 I helped launch a restaurant magazine (now FSR magazine ) where I worked as an editor for 18 months. I know what it’s like to be on both sides of the editor-writer relationship and one of my chief goals is making editors’ lives easier.
In my 20+ year career, I’ve written about everything from dog flatulence to diabetes but now I focus on food/beverage/restaurants/bars and retail, as well as everywhere they connect. I cover operations, marketing, development, employee retention and hiring, food and what inspires people.
Today, from my home base in the soggy Pacific Northwest, I write around 150 articles a year.
When I’m not working I’m reading, or baking, or running, or biking, or tending my little vegetable garden. And if there’s extra time on top of that I’ll do some more reading. I spend a lot of time with my daughter and my pilot husband on the weeks he’s home. The three of us play a ridiculous amount of board games and spend a lot of time laughing at our cat. I’m passionate about sustainability and reducing the amount of plastic waste in the world.
Q & A with me
Amanda is a first-rate reporter who has a knack for finding the best sources to fit any assignment. She puts time and care into her work, taking deep dives into complex topics and then breaking them down into accessible stories that both inform and engage readers. On a personal level, she is a joy to work with thanks to a positive attitude and the collaborative approach that she brings to every project.
Nicole Duncan, Editor
Amanda is proactive, reliable and talented. She produces quality work tailored appropriately to our niche audience, meets deadlines, and demonstrates professionalism every step of the way!
Shannon Hurd, editor in chief
Amanda is always a pleasure to work with. She turns in articles on time that are complete, well-considered, and well written that provide a great variety of excellent sources. She’s communicative but never gets mad when I’m impossible to reach.
rebecca kilbreath, Editor-in-chief
restaurant development + design magazine
Amanda is a self-starter who proactively pitches ideas that are both interesting and relevant to our specialized reader base. She is a hard worker and relentlessly pursues stories that other reporters might give up on. She is also easy to work with. A true gem.
julie gallagher, managing Editor
Specialty Food Magazine
When I work with freelance writers, I’m always looking for three characteristics: good writing, good reporting, and good communication. Usually I have to settle for writers who check just two of those three boxes. Amanda Baltazar is one of the rare writers who checks all three. I can always trust that she’ll do a fantastic job, and she’s a pleasure to work with, to boot.
Sam Oches, Editor