M.Ed. English Education, University of Georgia
B.A. Film/Radio/TV, University of Central Florida
Certificates in Web development, online marketing and online video production from Gwinnett Technical College
Online multimedia, film/video editing, writing, photography, WordPress
Hillary Meister has years of experience as a reporter, online community manager and content developer for a variety of multimedia and print companies, including Athens, Georgia’s Flagpole magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Modesto Bee, The Cartoon Network, AccessAtlanta.com and Network Communications, Inc. (NCI).
She advocates for building and nurturing online environments and pioneered vibrant, engaging communities before Facebook became a household name. While working with Cox Communications, she helped spur on animal adoptions online for accessatlanta.com, co-produced a traveling music show and CD featuring southern musicians for yall.com and lead a group of producers around the country to develop engaging content for their city newspaper websites. She was an on-the-street online reporter during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, which lead to working in Sausalito, Ca. to build online communities centered on the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia.
While with Network Communications, Inc. (Real Estate Book, Apartment Finder, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles), she built and maintained hundreds of WordPress websites for home design clients, real estate agents and apartment communities and introduced the idea of blogging as a business platform.
Her higher-education career began with Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) as a Web author and social media manager in 2011.
Outside of work, she hopes to train her dog Willow to be a therapy dog.