Joanne S.

Writer focusing on LGBTQ+ equality & rights working with leading newspapers

United States of America

Joanne Spataro is a writer, ghostwriter and writing teacher living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Vice and The Huffington Post. Her essay, “Rallying for Regular...see more

  • Digital & Broadcast Media
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Media & Communication


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  • Confirmed hourly rate
  • Available on short notice



2 years
Current position
Jan 2021 - Present
Author of Preconceptions: A Memoir Publisher's Summary: As a gay person, Joanne dreamed of falling in love and having a child. This seemed impossible - until she swiped right on Lara....see more

Opinion Contributor

The New York Times
5 years
Current position
Dec 2017 - Present
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper based in New York City with a worldwide readership. It was founded in 1851 by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones, and was initially ...see more

Freelance Writer | Health

VICE Media
6 years
Current position
Nov 2016 - Present
I write about health and wellness and how it connects to our culture. VICE Media Group is the world’s largest independent youth media company. Launched in 1994, VICE has offices in 35 c...see more


Joanne Spataro
7 years
Current position
May 2015 - Present
Founder of Joanne Spataro.

Freelance Writer

The Advocate
9 years
Current position
Oct 2013 - Present
Wrote an op-ed on the need for more emergency shelter services for LGBT youth in the Bible Belt. Received 1,300 Facebook likes in its first day.


The Huffington Post
3 years
Jul 2012 - Nov 2015
I write about life in the New South. Topics focus on LGBT equality, women's rights and social issues with a dose of irreverent humor.


Creative Loafing
3 years
Jan 2012 - May 2015
I write for the news and culture section, covering stories local to Charlotte, NC. During the Democratic National Convention in 2012, I covered women's and social issues and entertainme...see more

Editor - The Paraview

Metrolina Paralegal Association
1 year
Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
Editor of "The Paraview" for the Metrolina Paralegal Association. Reviewed, created, and revised content for the magazine. Redesigned the format.


The Charlotte Observer
20 years
Jan 1998 - Dec 2017
Started as a teen movie critic for The Friday Entertainment and Things to Do section. After a hiatus, went on to write sponsored content and editorial stories for The Charlotte Observer...see more

Industries, roles and expertise

Industry experience

  • Digital & Broadcast Media

Role experience

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Media & Communication