The Rodale.com Team
Maria Rodale is the CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc., the world’s leading multimedia publisher of advice and information about health, wellness, and the environment, and the largest independent book publisher in the United States. Rodale reaches tens of millions of people worldwide through magazines like Prevention, Men’s Health, and Women’s Health; through books like The South Beach Diet and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth; and with the content-rich web sites that complement its publications. Maria is Editor-in-Chief of the company’s newest online venture, Rodale.com, which features the latest news about healthy living on a healthy planet.
Maria is the author of three books: It’s My Pleasure, written with her daughter Maya Rodale, Betty’s Book of Laundry Secrets, and Maria Rodale’s Organic Gardening. You can find out what she’s currently thinking about on her blog: mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com.
In 2004 Maria received the National Audubon Society’s “Rachel Carson Award” for “Working to Ensure a Healthy Environment for Future Generations.” In 2007 she received the United Nations Population Fund’s “Award for the Health and Dignity of Women.” She is a member of the board of Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, a board member of the Rodale Institute, and has recently joined the board of the Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Maria lives in an ecologically friendly house in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.
Emily Main, Online Editor
After starting her career reporting on the worlds of architecture and design, Emily Main became interested in environmental issues and worked for The Green Guide, a nonprofit environmental newsletter, print magazine and website (TheGreenGuide.com) operated by The Green Guide Institute and later by the National Geographic Society. While there, she wrote about everything from pesticides on apples to the environmental benefits of washing your clothes in cold water. She also served as a contributor to Mothering magazine and Mothering.com, for which she wrote columns on children’s health issues, and sat on the expert advisory panel for a National Geographic book on green families. When she’s not writing for Rodale.com, she’s busy tending her windowsill garden and in-home worm composting bin.
Leah Zerbe, Online Editor
Leah Zerbe grew up reading her dad’s mail-order Rodale health books (The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies is still a favorite) and was thrilled to join Rodale.com as an online editor in the summer of 2008. Prior to this gig, she was the senior online editor at NBCPhiladelphia.com, where she headed up the station’s online “Going Green” initiative, wrote about center city crime and traffic jams, and blogged about her beloved Philadelphia Phillies. Her stories about health, the environment, jocks, pets, crime, and ordinary people have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and half a dozen other newspapers. This 2005 Temple University grad also appeared on CNN’s Nancy Grace Live. Her greener stories have been featured online at HuffingtonPost.com, CBSNews.com, and NBC’s GreenisUniversal.com. She lives with her husband on a farm in the boondocks of Pennsylvania, where they are feverishly trying to rehab a 90-year-old chicken coop.