Kendra Nordin Beato is a staff editor and writer with an interest in culture stories that explore the cross-sections of gender, sports, and food. Kendra is also the creator and manager of the Monitor's current robust internship program that includes a vigorous curriculum and on-the-job skills training.
In more than two decades with the Monitor, Kendra has edited features, national news, and commentary pieces. After a stint with Monitor Radio, she has held a wide range of editing positions at the Monitor including assistant opinion page editor and interim opinion page editor; a national news editor focused on news from the American West; features assistant editor of books and food, where she developed her passion for food writing. She joined the inaugural weekly magazine staff, serving eight years as staff editor. In that position, she launched a daily recipe blog called Stir It Up! with 17 cooperating food bloggers. She was also an editor on the rapid response team before developing the Monitor's new internship program.
As a feature writer, Kendra has covered a range of topics from the serious to the whimsical, including women farmers; climate change as art; profiles of people making a difference; and the rise of urban farming. She visited a hedgehog hospital in England, learned three kinds of surfing in 24 hours in Southern California, how to play the Appalachian mountain dulcimer in Kentucky, and played against women's soccer legends Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly in Georgia.
She was awarded first place (sports) by the Society for Features Journalism for her April 1, 2021, cover story, Breaking grass ceilings: Why more women are coaching men’s teams. She was nominated for a James Beard Foundation media award for her July 11, 2011, cover story, The Big Stir: America's new culinary renaissance.
Kendra graduated with a BA from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois with a double major in history/english and a focus in women’s studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American Studies at UMass Boston.
Cover story: Breaking grass ceilings: Why more women are coaching men’s teams (2022 Society for Features Journalism winner)
Cover story: The Big Stir: America's new culinary renaissance (nominated for a 2012 James Beard Foundation media award)