University of Colorado, Boulder
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Linda Villarosa (born 9 January 1959) is a former executive editor of Essence (magazine) and the New York Times. She has worked on health coverage for Science Times. She is also author of several books. Her first novel, Passing for Black, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2008.
Villarosa was born on 9 January 1959. Her mother Clara Villarosa is also an author, publisher and motivational speaker. Villarosa is a graduate of the University of Colorado and spent a year at Harvard University as a journalism fellow. She also earned a master's degree in urban journalism/digital storytelling in 2013 from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, two children and pets.
Linda Villarosa has covered women's and African-American health issues in The New York Times, The Root, O Magazine, Glamour, Health, Vibe and Woman’s Day. She was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Magazine Article category, for an article in Essence Magazine titled "Pride and Prejudice." She is also a co-founder of Villarosa Media. Other co-founders are her mother Clara Villarosa and sister Alicia. In 2008, her first novel, Passing for Black, was published. She is author and co-author of three books, including Body & Soul: The Black Women’s Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being. Villarosa worked as a consultant to provide editorial expertise to companies and organizations like American Express Publishing and Meredith. She also directs the undergraduate journalism program at the City College of New York.