Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a published author, freelance journalist, blogger and advertising creative director/copywriter for print, television, radio and interactive media.


She’s written two novels: Back To Work She Goes (2013) and Fat Chick (2009), both published by The Vineyard Press.


As a journalist, she’s currently a columnist for Fifty Is The New Fifty. Previous columns include “Parenting in Progress” – for New York Family Magazine; “New York Gal” for Manhattan Media’s Our Town and The West Side Spirit newspapers; and “Mommy in the Middle” for Care.com. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, New York Post, New York Family, New York Observer; and online: More; Cosmopolitan; Adweek; Busted Halo; The Huffington Post, The Frisky, xoJane, Nerve, Bustle, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Seventeen, Marie Claire, and Town & Country, and many others.


Among various awards, Ms. Duffy Merkl counts a Broadcast Design Award honoring work done for HBO, and the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer Award for her “New York Gal” column. She also was chosen to contribute to the anthology It All Changed In An Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by the Famous and Obscure.


In her freelance advertising career she specializes in entertainment marketing for such notable companies as MTVNetworks; HBO/Cinemax; Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite/TV LAND; WE: Women’s Entertainment; Columbia House; Food Network; A&E Networks; United Media; VH1; Showtime; Comedy Central; Peter Max Studio; Lifetime Television; USA Networks; and eScholastic.


Throughout her commercial career (freelance as well as staff) she’s also worked on products in the categories of: toys, travel, packaged goods, real estate, pharmaceuticals, cereals, electronics, as well as public service.


Lorraine Duffy Merkl hails from the Bronx, New York. She received her A.B. from Fordham University. Post-grad she supplemented her education with advertising courses at The School of Visual Arts and creative writing classes at NYU. She currently resides in Manhattan with her husband, son and daughter.