About Southern Living
Who We Are
At Southern Living , we celebrate the food, homes, and places that define our region. We seek out the best of the South in everything we do, and we find endless inspiration in Southern culture and traditions. We're serious about our recipes, our hospitality, and making our homes as beautiful and welcoming as possible. We are a guide to the seasons, a helping hand during the holidays, and a champion of Southern creativity.
The first issue of Southern Living was published in February 1966 . When The Progressive Farmer Company launched the brand, they declared it the "Magazine of the Modern South." The brand's north star was that it had to stay Southern. "It must and will be in every issue as thoroughly Southern as crepe myrtle, longleaf pine, Mardi Gras, fig preserves, and black-eyed peas," said an early prospectus. It was a radical idea at the time—an aspirational guide to Southern food, homes, gardens, and travel—and it succeeded because the editors understood the power of Southern identity and the practical needs of the audience. It was innovative, risky, and transformative. Within 10 years it was one of the most profitable magazines in the country ("The Most Profitable Magazine in the U.S.", June 15, 1977, Forbes ).
Today, we haven't strayed far from the vision laid out by our founders in 1966. We embrace that very same idea by celebrating a more progressive South, one that's constantly evolving. We're committed to celebrating the region in all of its complexity, and we're dedicated to sharing and amplifying diverse voices and multicultural stories in every corner of the South.
Our team of editors and writers are constantly seeking out what's new and exciting in the South. We take great pride in our work and strive to create original, accurate, authoritative, and well-researched content free of ethical concerns, conflicts, and misinformation. If you see something that doesn't seem up-to-date or accurate, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We uphold the principles of the
Dotdash Meredith Content Integrity Promise
including the following editorial policies:
As part of the editorial process, our writers interview relevant, qualified sources for stories, then verify all information and data included in their final stories. We strive to provide proper context and background information to help our readers. All stories are then reviewed and edited by a top editor; we assess content for grammar, accuracy, readability, and relevance. If you have noticed an issue with a specific piece of content, please bring it to our attention by emailing
Our editorial team is committed to producing high quality, factual content. If there is an error in a story, we will correct it as soon as possible. All corrections will be clearly labeled as such and will include what changes were made and when. When an article is factually correct, but the language is not as clear or detailed as necessary, the story may be updated without an editor's note.
Timely and daily news stories generally cover a distinct event in time, so they are not routinely updated. Our editorial team consistently reevaluates and updates evergreen content to ensure everything is timely, accurate, and relevant. The date-stamp at the top of each article reflects when it was last updated.
If you believe you have found an error, please notify us by emailing
Recipe Development and Testing
As part of our editorial review process for food content, all recipes created for and featured on Southernliving.com are tested by Test Kitchen professionals for accuracy, clarity, flavor, and feasibility for the home cook. Food Editors approve every recipe to ensure it meets our brand standards. If you see a problem with a recipe, please notify us by emailing
The Southern Living editors adhere to strict standards for article sourcing. We rely on current and reputable primary sources, such as expert interviews, government, city, and state organizations, and professional and academic institutions. All data points, facts, and claims are backed up by at least one reputable source.
Our content strives to serve and represent all communities. A cornerstone of our reporting and sourcing is to consider multiple perspectives that includes BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women.
Independence and Impartiality
We believe in independent, fair, and impartial journalism. Our editors and writers are held accountable to a high standard of honesty and transparency, and our original editorial content is not influenced by our advertisers. As such, we maintain a strict separation between advertising and editorial content. Any content that is provided by or on behalf of an advertiser or sponsor, is clearly labeled as such.
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Our team strives to create original, helpful, and fair content on Southernliving.com , which means our stories must be verified, properly attributed, and may not infringe the copyright or anyone's intellectual property rights. Any suggestion of plagiarism is investigated fully and is grounds for dismissal. We expect all contributors on the network to abide by all applicable laws, standards, and accepted journalistic practices including:
- Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Code
- Copyright Law of the United States
- FTC Guidelines on Disclosures
- Fair Use
Dotdash Meredith editors and writers, including the
team, are prohibited from giving preferential treatment to any outside company, publication, or website based on their relationship with the person who authors or owns that resource. Our editors and writers are also responsible for disclosing potential conflicts of interest that might compromise their ability to share fair and impartial information.
At Southern Living, we aspire to provide the highest quality content produced by humans, for humans. It is against our guidelines to publish automatically generated content using AI (artificial intelligence) writing tools such as ChatGPT.
Southern Living strives to represent the voice of the modern South. We are committed to sharing, celebrating, and amplifying diverse voices and multicultural stories across the region.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Means:
- We are committed to amplifying BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices throughout our content, actively working to build a diverse team of staff members and contributing content creators.
- We use inclusive language, have updated our brand style guide to avoid terms with problematic origins, create culturally sensitive content, and have broadened the scope of our holiday coverage to include reporting from diverse points of view.
- We have refreshed older recipes and are committed to properly packaging all new recipes to ensure they are culturally sensitive, give credit to the regions they are from, and do not inaccurately claim authenticity.
- We're committed to featuring diverse experts, services, and commerce businesses, representing BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other under-represented groups.
- We also consult with the Dotdash Meredith Anti-Bias Review Board in this mission.
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Leadership/Ownership Structure and Funding
Southern Living is part of the Dotdash family of brands committed to creating accurate, helpful news and information that represents and serves all people. Founded in 1996, Dotdash is an operating business of IAC .
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Our Leadership Team
Melissa Inman is the Senior Vice President & General Manager of Southern Living, Real Simple, The Spruce Pets, and Daily Paws. Previously she was the Senior Vice President of Digital Content Strategy & Operations over a broad portfolio of 15 lifestyle brands—including Real Simple, InStyle, Travel + Leisure, and Allrecipes—overseeing the strategic development of programs and partnerships that expand the brands' engagement and reach across digital platforms.
Melissa has more than 25 years of experience in lifestyle content creation and management across print, digital, social and audio platforms. She joined Meredith Corporation in 2001 as editor of the company's scrapbooking magazines, books and website. She went on to lead content teams on brands such as Parents, Shape, Martha Stewart, and Better Homes & Gardens. In 2019, she was named one of Folio's Top Women in Media.
She earned a B.A in Mass Communications from Westminster College.
Krissy Tiglias is the General Manager of Southern Living. She joined the team in 2015 as Executive Editor, and has been working on both both print and digital content ever since.
Before Southern Living, Krissy held editorial positions at various other brands including Real Simple, Domino, Redbook, The Knot, Family Circle, and Quick & Simple.
Krissy graduated with a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross, and M.S. from New York University. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
Anna Price Olson is the Assistant General Manager of Southern Living. She joined the team in 2022.
Previously, Anna Price was the Editorial Director of Brides—a Dotdash Meredith brand. She was with Brides for eight years, working on the print magazine at Condé Nast for five years and, more recently, leading the digital edit and social teams. In this role, she acted as the brand lead and spokesperson and has been interviewed by the Associated Press, The New York Times, Business Insider, and New York Magazine among others.
A native of Thomasville, Georgia, Anna Price graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama Honors College with a B.A. in English and journalism. She recently relocated from New York City to Birmingham, Alabama.
Sid Evans has been the Editor in Chief of Southern Living since 2014. From 2011 until 2014, he was a Group Editor overseeing multiple titles including Southern Living, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, Sunset, and This Old House. He has also served as Editor in Chief of Garden & Gun, Field & Stream, and Men's Journal.
His awards include a National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), more than 15 National Magazine Award nominations, as well as dozens of awards from Folio:, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), the Society of American Travel Writers, and other organizations. He has written for numerous publications, often about the South, and he is the host of Biscuits & Jam, a weekly podcast about food, music, and Southern culture.
Sid is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and he lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and two children.
Robert Perino is the Executive Creative Director for Southern Living. He has worked at several national magazines including Fortune, New York, Men's Health, and Field & Stream. He has over 20 years of experience working in Graphic Design, and has worked at Southern Living for 10+ years.
Robert moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in November of 2011. As a transplant from New York, he is constantly inquisitive to Southern traditions, trends, and aesthetics as he looks to bring all that vital information to life inside the pages of Southern Living.
He holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Jeanne Dozier Clayton is the Director of Photography at Southern Living. She oversees all photo assignments for the magazine for a range of topics including home interiors, travel, gardens, style, and food.
She joined the Southern Living team in 2010, but prior to that, she was a photo editor at Southern Progress Custom Publishing, Time Inc Content Solutions, and Health magazine. She has spent 20+ years managing talent, negotiating budgets, and worrying about the weather, but occasionally she gets to do her very favorite thing, which is sit on the beach with a cocktail and a stack of magazines (it's too bright on the beach to scroll).
Jeanne lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with 2 children, 2 cats, 2 dogs and 1 husband.
Andy Estill is the Production Director at Southern Living. A project manager with over 20 years of experience in production management and process improvement, he joined the team in 2022 and now manages production of the print magazine.
He is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
Meet the Editorial Team
Alana Al-Hatlani is an Assistant Food Editor at Southern Living where she works with the Deputy Editor to plan and write monthly print food features and stories. Before joining Southern Living, she worked as a baker in restaurants and bakeries. From cakes to cookies and everything in between, she spent 4 years covered in flour dreaming up desserts.
In addition to baking, Alana has written about food for various outlets like Bon Appetit, Eater Seattle, Saveur, and Fodor's Travel. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Alana graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in journalism and a minor in food studies. She then went on to graduate from the Seattle Culinary Academy with a diploma in pastry arts.
She now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her partner and pup. When not writing, she is probably baking and vice versa.
Brennan Long is the Senior Social Media Editor at Southern Living. She joined the team as an Editorial Fellow in 2014, and she's been lurking in the comment section on Southern Living's Facebook page ever since. Today she works on content and audience growth across the brand's social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat.
Brennan grew up in Southwest Virginia, and graduated from University of Richmond with a B.A. in journalism. She now lives in Richmond with her husband and two rabbits, Poppy and Jack.
Cameron Beall grew up immersed in generations of Southern hospitality. She witnessed from a young age the personal attention given to every aspect of designing homes and was surrounded by well-seasoned authors and tastemakers, which has inspired her professional career. Cameron is now at the heart of custom home building, taking deep dives into the nuances of homes and the character they establish in the building process.
She holds a degree in marketing and minors in studio art and Spanish from the University of Georgia.
Caroline Rogers is the Travel and Culture Editor at Southern Living, where she writes and edits travel stories exploring the American South. She also contributes articles about books, arts, and the outdoors to the brand’s digital platforms. She joined the magazine in 2016 and since then has reported on the beaches of the Florida Keys, opera in Houston’s Theater District, and waterfalls across West Virginia, among many other spaces and places.
Ivy Odom is an Editorial Producer for Dotdash Meredith and hosts an array of lifestyle videos. She also authors a bi-monthly recipe column for Southern Living. Ivy has over four years of experience as on-camera talent across multiple platforms, including TikTok, Snapchat, television, and other social channels, as well as extensive producing and editing experience for TikTok.
Ivy earned a B.S.F.C.S. in Consumer Journalism and a B.A. in Spanish from The University of Georgia and graduated first in her class from the culinary arts program at L'Academie de Cuisine. Ivy grew up in Moultrie, Georgia and now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where it's a really fun place to be a Georgia Bulldawg.
Jenna Sims is a Digital Editor for Southern Living and joined the team in 2014. She writes, produces, and ideates content with a focus on email growth and commerce content. She covers a range of topics in the lifestyle space from holiday gift guides to new product launches to tips for cooking with your air fryer.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Jenna will never turn down a trip to the pristine white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast and enjoys scouring antique stores to add to her vintage deviled egg plate collection.
Josh Miller is a writer, editor, recipe developer, and food stylist who has been writing about Southern food and working in the publishing industry for the past 20 years. His work has appeared in Southern Living, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Taste of the South, and Southern Cast Iron magazines.
Part of the Southern Living team since 2017, Kaitlyn Yarborough is a Georgia native living in Austin, Texas, who covers a wide variety of topics for both the magazine and website, focusing on culture and lifestyle content, as well as travel in the South.
She earned a B.A. in Journalism at the University of Georgia. She hopes to inspire your travel bucket list with her features on road trips through Texas Hill Country, bourbon tours in Kentucky, and the best beach getaways on the Gulf Coast.
Kimberly Holland is a writer and editor with 15 years of experience in food, lifestyle, health, and nutrition content. She has been published in Southern Living, Real Simple, Allrecipes, EatingWell, Cooking Light, and other publications.
Kimberly has been cooking since she was old enough to hold a spatula. She started her career at Health magazine and later joined Cooking Light. There, she quickly became enamored with recipe development and menu building, launching the brand's first meal planning column, The Sunday Strategist. She is now a Senior Food Editor at Southern Living.
Lisa is the Deputy Editor at Southern Living and joined the team in 2015. She works with the Southern Living Test Kitchen to create recipes for the site and print magazine, edits the magazine's food section, and writes digital food stories as well. Previously, she was the features editor at Food Network Magazine and has more than 15 years of experience writing, editing, and managing photo shoots for print and digital lifestyle brands.
Lisa grew up in South Florida and now lives in Birmingham. She misses home-grown mangoes, but now she enjoys meat-and-threes, Alabama peach season, and boiled peanuts.
Page Mullins is the Senior Homes Editor at Southern Living. With a degree in interior design, Page has spent over a decade scouring the country for the beautiful homes and emerging design talents. Prior to Southern Living, Page has served as an editor at titles including Country Living, Real Simple and Brides.
Tara Massouleh McCay is the Travel and Culture Editor for Southern Living. A writer and editor with nearly 10 years of experience in producing lifestyle content for local, regional, and national publications, she joined the Southern Living team in 2021.
A Birmingham native and graduate of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), Tara loves to travel but will always call the South home. Her favorite trips involve climbing mountains and seeking out a city's spiciest foods.
SouthernLiving.com Digital Editorial Staff
General Manager Krissy Tiglias
Assistant General Manager Anna Price Olson
Senior Editors Rebecca Angel Baer , Kimberly Holland , Brennan Long , Katie Strasberg Rousso
Senior News Writer Meghan Overdeep
Editor Jenna Sims
Associate Editors Mary Shannon Hodes , Kaitlyn Yarborough
Editorial Producer Ivy Odom
Fellow Hallie Milstein
Southern Living Magazine Editorial Staff
Editor in Chief Sid Evans
Executive Creative Director Robert Perino
Director of Photography Jeanne Dozier Clayton
Production Director Andy Estill
Deputy Editor Lisa Cericola
Senior Editor Page Mullins
Home and Features Editor Betsy Cribb
Travel and Culture Editors Tara McCay , Caroline Rogers
Assistant Editors Alana Al-Hatlani , Cameron Beall
Business Manager Nellah Bailey McGough
Associate Art Director Daniel Boone
Senior Designer Betsy McCallen Lovell
Designer Lindsay Smith
Photo Editor Mary Katherine Morris
Photo Coordinator Laura Evans
Photographer Robbie Caponetto
Copy Chief Libby Monteith Minor