Emily Starbuck Gerson (formerly Crone) is a writer and editor in San Antonio, Texas. Her primary areas of expertise include personal finance, LGBTQ issues, travel, arts and culture, and food/restaurants, but she has the chops to research and write about any subject.
A native Houstonian, Emily graduated with a communications degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. In college, she interned at Texas Monthly and TRIBEZA magazines and was the editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper that served five colleges, The Austin Student.
After graduating, she became the editorial assistant at CreditCards.com. Next, Emily wanted to explore a different style of writing and became a copywriter at travel startup HomeAway. She was promoted to Marketing Communications Manager of BedandBreakfast.com (acquired by HomeAway) in 2010. During her three years in this role, Emily wrote all offline and online editorial and marketing content, in addition to managing social media and supporting all PR efforts.
In May 2013, Emily relocated to San Antonio and became a copywriter at a credit union. In late 2014, she returned to her journalism roots by joining financial website NerdWallet as a staff writer, where she remained for three years. Emily is currently pursuing her decade-long dream of being a full-time freelance writer and editor.
Emily has bylines in Consumers Digest magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, USAToday.com, and a variety of other websites and publications. She also possesses a perfectionist streak when it comes to punctuation, spelling, and grammar, and she loves editing anything and everything.
Throughout her career, Emily has been trained in writing for both journalism and marketing, in addition to SEO best practices. She also has a large amount of experience with social media and blogging. In 2009, she started a travel blog, Maiden Voyage. After three years, she sold the successful blog and its social media accounts in September 2012.
When she’s not writing or reading, Emily enjoys seeing live music, traveling, yoga, photography, watching documentaries, eating dim sum, cuddling with her rescue dogs, and serving on the membership committee of Human Rights Campaign’s San Antonio chapter.