On Tuesday, our class ventured to Chelsea, home to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Becky Mickel, a W&L journalism major from 2013, is an associate editor at Martha Stewart Weddings. She welcomed us with a behind-the-scenes tour of the spacious—and pristinely white—office on 26th Street overlooking the Hudson River. Highlights of the tour, judging by the number of excited oohs and aahs emitted from our small, entirely female class, included the prop room and two set kitchens where Martha Stewart’s Cooking School is filmed.
Our group settled down in a conference room lined with coffee table books that promised beautiful images and helpful tips to satisfy all of your home and garden needs. The Berry Grower’s Companion, Complete Seafood, Costume Jewelry were just three of hundreds of titles squeezed haphazardly on the waist-high built-ins that lined three of the four walls of the room. Natural light entered the room through a large glass window and back-lit Becky as she discussed everything from Martha Stewart’s recent partnership with Meredith Corporation, her own career path, and the delicious perks of a job at MSW.
It’s safe to say we were all blown away by the success she has achieved in her young career. I feel I can speak on behalf of our entire class in wishing Becky good luck with the next stage of her career at Condé Nast!