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Kathleen Purvis

location-pin Charlotte, North Carolina

School: Florida State University

Expertise: landscaping and garden, product testing, cleaning and, organization, decor and design, pets, outdoors and camping, kitchen organization and food preparation tips, outdoor cooking

Kathleen Purvis

  • Former member and officer of the Association of Food Journalists
  • Former committee member for the James Beard Foundation Awards from 2000 until 2018, including chairing the book awards and founding the Leadership Awards for innovation in the food industry.
  • Authored three books for UNC Press, "Pecans" and "Bourbon"
  • Appearances in Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Our State, Imbibe, The New York Times, and "The Splendid Table" from Public Radio International.
Winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Award for Outstanding Writing from the North Carolina Associated Press
Winner of the 2004 Missouri Lifestyles Journalism Award for her series "Nowhere to Shop."


Kathleen Purvis is a journalist with more than 40 years of experience in consumer reporting and product testing. She's a freelance writer based in Charlotte, NC, where she’s spent more than 20 years restoring, maintaining and landscaping a vintage mid-century modern home. Now an empty nester, her next project will be downsizing and remodeling a home for aging in place. Her work appears in many magazines, including Southern Living, Our State, Garden & Gun and Imbibe.


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