My name is Meg Bernhard, and I’m a freelance writer.

(photo by Rob Pinney)

I’ve reported from around Europe and the United States for The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Guernica, Hazlitt, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. I wrote a column for Catapult about wine and power. I’m exploring these themes in a book for Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series, out in June! You can pre-order here.

I’ve written about returning love ones’ bodies home; grappling with the vastness of loss during the COVID-19 pandemic; fugitive rappers; ‘caravans’ of women bound for the Spanish countryside; squatters; a Barcelona sex workers’ collective; wine; and how reporting on death has helped me with my own grief. Currently, I’m interested in writing about death, grief, trauma, and loss in its many forms, as well as environment and place.

In 2023, I’m writing a series about climate change and the environment in southern Nevada as the writer in residence for Desert Companion, Nevada Public Radio’s magazine.

My work has been supported by the Overseas Press Club Foundation, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and The Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference.

Send me an email at megpbernhard[at] with story ideas, book recs, or just to say hello. I’d love to hear from you.

Follow me on Twitter @meg_bernhard, Instagram @megbernhard.