Photograph by Jonathan Willis
Linda Vaccariello sold her first freelance story to Cincinnati Magazine in 1983 and jumped aboard as a full-time staff writer in 1986. Back then she was, inexplicably, charged with reporting on fashion. Eventually someone actually looked at the way she was dressed and took her off the beat, a change that has allowed her to explore a colorful array of people, ideas, and events in print. She has written about politicians, pornographers, and Jerry Springer, among other subjects, and considers herself fortunate to have worked for four fine editors in her 25 years with the magazine. She didn’t grow up around here, but the first time she visited in the late 1970s, she was smitten. “I went to a Reds game, ate at a fabulous restaurant, and enjoyed the view from the Playhouse in the Park. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this could be a great place to live!’ ” she recalls. “And I was right.” She edits departments and features.
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