I’m 26, I write for a living and I live in a place with a beach spilling out to the west, which means the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.
I grew up in Mahomet, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. I don’t miss the cold, but I sure do miss the people. (This Thrillist piece on “Midwestern Nice” will tell you why)
Since venturing out into the “real world,” I’ve spent time reporting in Florida and Colorado. This website is a sample of what I’ve done so far as a journalist with some commentary on the state of things in my profession and on my other love: food. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering at Geraldson Community Farm, dancing, reading, cooking and baking.
My love of food and writing about it led me to start Cravings, a food blog where you’ll find all of Bradenton’s restaurant and food news. Check out my Instagram feed as well for all of the food and kitty cat pictures you can stand.
I’m proud of what I’ve done in my career up to this point, and I’m excited for what’s to come.
It finally happened. My PGP key fingerprint: 3EC4 AA35 5CA6 9593 80E6 76C4 45BE 3DF8 8D47 1DA2
— Janelle O'Dea (@jayohday) April 6, 2016
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