Meghan Moravcik Walbert grew up with a book in one hand and a newspaper in the other.
Born of two parents who woke up to their morning paper and fell asleep to their most recent novel of choice, she learned at an early age to respect the value of the written word.
As a kid in Cleveland, Ohio, she spent many lazy summer afternoons with her face buried in a book. As a teenager, she could be found scribbling pen across paper as she sought to replicate the great storytelling she was innately drawn to.
She majored in newspaper journalism in college, became the editor of her college newspaper, and accomplished the first of her professional goals immediately upon her college graduation – landing a job as a full-time reporter for one of the largest newspapers in the country, the Arizona Republic.
During her time covering business, neighborhoods and education in Phoenix, she met her future husband. As it happened, he hailed from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but had followed a similar career path and landed at the same newspaper at the same time.
In 2008, they married, and she transitioned to a new career in media and public relations, promoting quality high schools and universities in the Phoenix area. They had a son and by the time he was a toddler, they decided it was time to relocate back East to raise him near family.
At that time, she chose to trade in her 9-5 job in order to pour more Cheerios, tame more tantrums, and dedicate more time to her true passion, the intersection between her beloved novels and her journalistic training – creative nonfiction writing.
Since arriving in her permanent home in the Lehigh Valley in 2013, her writing has been featured in a variety of publications and websites, including The Morning Call, Mamalode Magazine, Mom Babble and BonBon Break. Her words will be anthologized in Monkey Star Press’s upcoming book, “How to Survive Tantrums and Babysitters.”
Her son, now 4 years old, watches his parents read the paper every morning and proclaims that he, too, wants to be a writer when he grows up. This is perhaps her greatest accomplishment to date – teaching her son the value of the written word before he can write little more than his own name.
You can hear Meghan’s story along with the rest of the LTYM-Lehigh Valley cast on Sunday, April 26th at 2pm at Steel Stacks. Get your tickets HERE.by