Margarett Waterbury

Word Person

Margarett Waterbury is a full-time freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Spirited Magazine, Whisky Advocate, Edible Seattle, Sip Northwest, Capital Press, In Good Tilth, Civil Eats, Travel Oregon, Portrait Magazine, Artisan Spirit, and many other publications. She is the former managing editor of Edible Portland, as well as the cofounder and former managing editor of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey website twice recognized as Website of the Year at the International Whisky Competition. In 2017, Margarett won the Alan Lodge Young Drinks Writer of the Year award. She received fellowships for the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in 2017 and 2019. Her book on Scotch whisky is due out in late 2020.

When she’s not reporting stories, Margarett likes helping people use words to make interesting things happen in the world. She consults on communications and marketing projects, helps businesses and nonprofits raise money, and writes commercial and advertising copy for companies and brands with stories to tell. Organizations that are mission-driven, visionary, or have a strong sense of place (or all three!) are her favorite kind of clients.

Margarett has a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Reed College and a graduate certificate in Documentary Studies from Lewis and Clark College. She grew up on Vashon Island, Washington, moved to Portland, Oregon, at 17, and decided to stick around. Today she lives in a 90-year-old bungalow with a mild-mannered man named Andy and a terrifying house cat named Boris. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, riding her bicycle, and walking long distances.