Vanessa Maltin received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the George Washington University and holds a certificate in the Practical Applications of Food Allergy Guidelines. Currently, she is the Food & Lifestyle Editor of Delight Magazine and also serves as the Deputy Communications Director of Health Care for America Now, the organization working to provide all Americans with access to quality, affordable health insurance.
Previously, Vanessa was the director of programming and communications for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. In this role, she was responsible for the foundation's programs including the Gluten-Free Cooking Sprees, continuing education programs for medical professionals and chefs, media outreach and strategic partnerships with corporations. Vanessa was also the editorial director of the NFCA monthly newsletter, called CeliacCentral.
She is the author of Beyond Rice Cakes: A Young Person's Guide to Cooking, Eating & Living Gluten-Free and her second book, The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2009.
Vanessa is also the host of Alternative Appetites, a video podcast series that teaches people with celiac disease and other special diets to cook delicious food that is suitable for their specific condition. Previously she worked as a health care reporter for the Advisory Board Company's Daily Briefing and for Cox Newspapers, where she covered health care, politics, immigration and other breaking news for major newspapers including the Palm Beach Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and the Austin American Statesman. She also served as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief and editor of U-WIRE and interned at CNN, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, CarryOn PR and for Rep. E.Clay Shaw Jr. from Florida. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, playing the flute, ballroom dancing and pursuing anything related to improving celiac disease awareness.