Elizabeth Hudson is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine, where she started in the circulation department answering telephones before moving to the editorial department. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming editor in chief of the 85-year-old publication in 2009.
Through her work with the magazine for 23 years, she has learned where to find the best barbecue and the state’s most photographed waterfalls. On the Outer Banks, she has walked in the same sand where pirates once tread, and she knows how much milk makes a perfect bowl of Southern snow cream.
Under Elizabeth’s editorial leadership, the magazine’s paid circulation grew more than 30 percent, from 130,000 in 2009 to more than 180,000 this year. Each month, she works with the top writers and photographers in the country to produce a magazine that has garnered national attention. In 2011 and 2012, Our State won consecutive Gold Eddies for “Best Issue” of a regional magazine in the country, the top honor from FOLIO: Magazine, the magazine industry’s leading publication recognizing editorial excellence.
For her work with the magazine, Elizabeth was also the 2014 recipient of the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina. In 2016, Elizabeth was the recipient of the North Carolina Travel Industry Association’s Charles Kuralt Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals who have brought positive public attention to North Carolina. In 2019, she was inducted into the North Caroliniana Society, an organization recognizing service to North Carolina’s historical, literary, and cultural heritage. She also proudly accepted the 2019 Alumni Award from her alma mater, the University of North Carolina (Greensboro), which honors a select number of graduates for exceptional achievement and significant contributions to their communities, professions, and society.
- Short Bio:Editor in chief of Our State magazine and author of Silver Linings, a collection of her columns
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