Danielle Friedman

Title: Contributing Writer
Education: Columbia University
Location: New York, New York
Expertise: Health, Wellness, Pop Culture
  • Danielle Friedman is an award-winning journalist based in New York who specializes in telling stories at the intersection of health, gender, and culture.
  • Her first book, Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World, was published by Putnam Books (Penguin Random House) in the US and Icon Books in the UK in January 2022. It was selected as both a New Yorker and Amazon Best Book of the Year. 
  • In addition to InStyle, Danielle contributes regularly to The New York Times Well section. Her writing has also appeared in Vogue, The Cut, Romper, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, the Washington Post, NBC News, Health, and other publications. She has appeared as a guest expert on dozens of podcasts, public radio programs, and TV news shows.


Danielle began her career as a nonfiction book editor at the Penguin imprints Hudson Street Press and Plume, where she acquired and edited health, culture, humor, and memoir titles. She worked as a senior editor at The Daily Beast, where she served as deputy to the executive editor, oversaw health and lifestyle coverage, and co-ran live coverage of Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit. she worked as a senior editor at NBCNews.com, where she ran the site's front page and broke the viral story that Facebook and Apple had begun to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. The feature won the 2015 Gracie Award for best digital news story and generated commentary in more than forty outlets. She has also worked as a freelance development editor at Amazon Original Stories, where she edited novella-length nonfiction. She co-produced the Fusion TV docu-series Sex.Right.Now., which was nominated for a Peabody Award.


Danielle holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and a M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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