Megan McCrea is a San Francisco-based writer and editor with an insatiable curiosity and a passion for travel and the arts. Her curiosity has led her around the world—from Colorado to North Carolina, New York to France, Micronesia to California. Those adventures, in turn, led her into publishing when—freshly back from the Peace Corps—she co-authored Other Places Publishing's guidebook to her country of service, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.
Later that year, Megan dove headlong into the world of poetry and fiction as an editorial assistant at Poetry Flash: writing articles, interviewing poets, and managing events. She found her way back to travel at Via magazine, writing and fact checking stories about people and places around the west.
Megan's love of all things western then took her to Sunset magazine. She began her career there in 2013 as Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief. Within the year, she was writing and editing for the travel section. After becoming Assistant Travel Editor, she edited features and section stories; wrote for Sunset’s print magazine, website, and blog; collaborated with the food and home departments; and directed and storyboarded videos. Her work helped earn the magazine a prestigious National Magazine Award in 2014, and another nomination in 2015.
In 2017, Megan found her way back to Via magazine. During her tenure as Senior Editor, Megan edited features and section stories; wrote for Via's print magazine and website; and managed the front-of-book On the Road section. In addition, Megan launched Via's Arizona edition, recruiting top Arizona writers, developing Southwest-specific stories, and determining the editorial mix for all issues. She also collaborated with colleagues and a creative agency to inaugurate the magazine's social media video stream. The videos helped drive a 400% YOY increase in Facebook engagement.
As an editor, Megan has shaped stories on topics ranging from the evolution of Oakland to the best-kept secrets in Yellowstone. As a writer, she has covered such diverse subjects as Groucho Marx impersonators and cell phone microscopes, dog sharing and snowkiting, bats in caves and snakes on planes. (Really!) She has interviewed an ice cream flavor inventor, a hot air balloon pilot, and the creator of the Poetry Bomb. She has asked important questions: Does watching TV make kids meaner? Will Denver ever shake its cowtown image? And is it really possible to live in a tiny house? Her stories have appeared in a variety of print and digital outlets, including Condé Nast Traveler, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset, Via, Mabuhay, Sonoma, Diablo, Healthline, Earthjustice, and Poetry Flash.
Megan’s happiest when writing, traveling, and/or asking big questions. She lives in San Francisco with one roommate, 279 books, and easy access to Karl the Fog.