Zara Hanawalt

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Title: Contributor
Education: Northwestern University, M.A. in Journalism, Drexel University, BA in Communication

Zara is a freelance writer with a decade of experience covering parenting, culture, health, style, and entertainment. She has a Master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She's written for top digital publications and magazines, such as Shape, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Redbook, and Parents.

Zara is a mother of twins and specializes in coverage of stories related to fertility, pregnancy, and parenting.

About Shape

Shape is an award-winning digital fitness, wellness, and beauty destination that offers inclusive, trusted, and empowering expert-led guidance and advice for anyone at any point in their wellness journey. Our library of more than 11,000 stories reaches more than 7 million readers monthly who want to prioritize their health, have fun, and lead an active lifestyle while also cutting through the noise of quick fixes and unvetted fads.

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