Having grown up in a radio family, I learned my ABCs by shelving records (and meeting the occassional famous person) while my parents worked on air. Eventually, I got my radio license before I could drive (true story), cutting my teeth on night annd weekend shifts at that 1990s sweet-spot when you had to know how to splice a reel-to-reel tape and cue digital playlists.
My journalism career – and my marriage to my high school sweetheart – began while I was finishing my degree from the University of Oregon. I learned how to do paste-up on a lightboard during my school paper’s last year before going digital and transitioning to Photoshop. I’ve always been an early adopter of technology and innovation, and it was during this time that i taught myself HTML in order to work online in the early days on the internet.
Soon my work took me to Las Vegas (my 20th city), where I have worked as a full-time staff writer and freelancer for nearly 20 years at publications including Las Vegas CityLife, Desert Companion, and Vegas Seven. My work has garnered multiple first-place awards for investigative news- and feature-writing from the Nevada Press Association. In 2005, the NPA recognized me as the Outstanding Journalist of the Year, the organization’s top individual honor.
In 2007, I launched a nationally syndicated blog, The Sin City Siren. It is a platform for pop culture discourse and news from a feminist perspective – garnering attention from including from DailyKos, CNN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, ThinkProgress, Ms. Magazine, and Bitch Magazine.
My online work led me to become a social media consultant for several Nevada-based non-profits and organizations includig The Nevada Women’s Lobby, Progress Now, and Clark County (government).
These days you can tweet or Instagram me @EmmilyBristol or @TheSinCitySiren (Facebook, too) and chat about raising a Star Wars princess who slays STEM, why pie makes everything better, and growing up in Wasilla, Alaska. (Yes, that Wasilla.)