Mary Henn

Mary Henn

location-pin Kansas City, Missouri

School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Expertise: Product testing, outdoors and camping, cleaning and organization, decor and design, pets, pest control

Mary Henn

  • Shopping editor and writer for Family Handyman
  • Writer for Readers Digest and product tester Taste of Home
  • Has tested over 100 products, from outdoor gear and DIY gadgets to mattresses and vacuums
  • Has pitched and written brand-specific, tested series for Solo Stove and Merrell that have maintained high traffic
  • Has pitched and written several of FHM's top-performing pages, such as The Best Pool Tables, The Best Fire Pit Sales and Solo Stove Accessories
  • She holds an MA in Writing from Missouri State University and an MFA in Creative Writing and Media Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • AWP Intro Journals Award, 2020
  • Martha Jane Starr Research Award, 2019
  • Former associate editor at Kansas City magazine
  • Former professor of writing, taught at Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City


Mary Henn, MA, MFA is a shopping editor at Family Handyman. She’s also a national award-winning writer and journalist. Previously, she worked as an editor at Kansas City magazine, where she wrote about local news, trends, architecture, restaurants and entrepreneurs. When it comes to the DIY and home sector, her expertise lies in interior design, cleaning, pets, and outdoor trends. When she’s not working on the latest content at FHM, you can find her reading poetry or hiking with her dog, Henry.


Missouri State University, BA, English, 2016; Missouri State University, MA, Creative Writing, 2018; University of Missouri-Kansas City, MFA, Creative Writing and Media Arts, 2021

Family Handyman Editorial Policies

For more than seven decades, Family Handyman has been providing its audience with ideas, inspiration and step-by-step directions on how to maintain and enhance indoor and outdoor living spaces. In addition to having our own staff of experts, we hire individuals whose skills have been honed through years of experience in the building, plumbing and electrical trades, and as passionate homeowners who have translated DIY (do it yourself) skills into careers as respected creators.


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