About Cara Birnbaum

ProfileCara Birnbaum is an award-winning freelance writer whose essays and articles have appeared in Vogue; Elle; O, The Oprah Magazine; Allure; Glamour; InStyle; Martha Stewart Living; Marie Claire; Women’s Health; and New Jersey Monthly, among other publications. She reports on a wide variety of subjects ranging from food to arts/culture to health and beauty, which means she’s as comfortable investigating the latest advancements in dermatologic laser surgery as she is chronicling a night inside a five-star restaurant kitchen. One recent assignment, for O, the Oprah Magazine, recounted her six-day trek around Peru’s Ausangate peak.Cara is the author of the book Universal Beauty (Rutledge Hill Press, 2006), for which she interviewed dozens of Miss Universe titleholders about their beauty rituals. She co-authored The Youth Equation (Wiley, 2009), a skincare book, with Jeffrey Dover, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine.Cara teaches magazine writing for mediabistro.com and has taught a seminar on feature writing for the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. She is also a freelance editor, filling in most recently for Allure’s health director during that editor’s maternity leave.Cara graduated from Rutgers University, where she concentrated in American Studies and English. She lives in Jersey City, NJ, with her husband Jake and daughter June. 

Photo by David White Photography (davidwhitestudio.com).