Erin Auerbach

Writer/Educator

Education

About

University of Southern California

Master of Arts, Journalism

Winner: Art Buchwald Award for Humorous Writing


University of Nevada Las Vegas

Master of Arts, Theatre Arts


University of Arizona

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Arts Studies

Magna Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi

I became a writer by accident. It all started when I found a relevant purpose for my advanced degree in Theater Arts: writing stage and movie reviews for Las Vegas Weekly. Since then, my work has been published in numerous media outlets, including: The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Tablet, National Lampoon, Los Angeles Daily News, Back Stage, Dramatics and Stage Directions magazines.

My portfolio is diverse. I have written about everything from my opinion of the plastic bag ban in Los Angeles (and other tree-hugging cities) to essays about my personal failures as an actress and pet parent. I have also reported on a wide swath of topics, from medical malpractice rates to mystery shoppers. Even when I write satire, I ultimately aim to reveal a bigger truth. 

After returning to Southern California, I earned a second master's degree in journalism and continued to build my writing portfolio.  I spent two years as a full-time features reporter for The Press-Enterprise, a mid-sized daily newspaper serving Inland Southern California.

‚ÄčEventually, I took a job as a Senior Writer and Media Relations Manager for a law school in Los Angeles, where I spent 11 years in academic public relations. During this time, I also wrote profiles of businesses and entrepreneurs for private PR firms and clients. I also have assisted with nonfiction book projects and ghostwritten blogs for major media sites. 

In 2013, I became an adjunct journalism professor and spent thee and half years as the faculty adviser for the student newspaper at a community college in the greater Los Angeles area. Beginning in fall 2017 semester, I will teach journalism full-time at Bakersfield College.

 In my spare time, I focus on my passions: personal essays and editorial writing. I love dogs and watching "Judge Judy."