Meet the 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers: Maria Schwamman Charbonneaux

Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.

Urbandale, Iowa

charbonneauxphotoMaria (’07 journalism) was still a student in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication when she first joined the Meredith Corporation in Des Moines. In less than a decade with the high-profile publishing company, she has become a senior associate editor, currently working with “Do It Yourself,” a popular Better Homes and Gardens special interest publication. Her work offers direct guidance and inspiration to do-it-your-selfers; in addition to her research, writing, and editing, she’s also involved in photo shoots, creating website content, and managing the publication’s social media presence. Before joining the staff of “Do It Yourself,” Maria was an associate editor at “Kitchen+Bath Makeovers” and a staff writer for both “American Patchwork & Quilting” and “Scrapbooks etc.” A former managing editor of “Ethos” magazine and features editor at the Iowa State Daily, Maria is making the most of her lifelong passion for journalism.

Maria on…

…her favorite spot on the ISU campus: “The sidewalk that leads from Hamilton Hall to central campus. I logged a lot of hours in Hamilton, so I always savored those last steps outdoors before entering the building and looked forward to that first breath of fresh air after leaving.”

…her favorite college memory: “I can thank my part-time job at the University Book Store for many of my favorite college memories. In my first week there, I met two of my best friends and my future husband.”

…her guilty pleasures: “home-design blogs, antiques stores, and Netflix”

…her role models: “My grandmothers have both been pretty amazing examples of kindness, humility, perseverance, and hard work.”



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