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Inside The American Genius team: Jennifer Walpole

Senior Staff Writer, Jennifer Walpole is working on her PhD in English at OU, but still makes time to bring you quality reporting nearly every day. Get to know her!



Get to know Jennifer

Senior Staff Writer, Jennifer Walpole has been with the team for more than two years now, consistently bringing you fresh news from the latest app to marketing tips to new business theories. She is truly a quality reporter, so very well known for her ability to succinctly explain complex materials so that you can walk away with a better understanding of what actions you can take to improve our business.

We interviewed Jennifer to learn more about her personal life, and we want you to get to know her – let’s see what you have in common with Jennifer!

Hometown / Where You Live Now

Yukon/Oakhurst, Yukon (I spent every summer in Oakhurst, CA at my grandma’s).


Find me at @facemanfan.

Twitter or Facebook URL

I’m on Twitter @facemanfan or on Facebook – I’m good with both, or either one.

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Current favorite album to play while working

Josh Groban’s “Awake” – it’s inspirational, beautiful, and one of my favorite ways to de-stress. When I can’t get anything done, it helps clear my mind.

What’s your favorite productivity trick?

I don’t really think I have a “trick.” One of the things I do when I’m writing is turn everything else off: phone, tv, social media, everything. This helps me focus. I also have a cork board full of inspirational messages on my desk to help keep me on track.

Tell us about your technologies

I use my iPhone to check email, and work-related projects when I’m away from my office. My HP laptop is where I do all my writing. As for gaming, I’m old school; I have an original xBox and a Wii.

What app has made the biggest impact in your work life?

Hmm. This is another tough one. I use too many apps in a day, I suppose. Trello is an amazing way to organize projects and ideas, but I also love the mail app on the iPhone. I can quickly check ALL my email accounts without logging in to each one.

What’s your favorite Pantone color these days?


Favorite story you’ve ever written on AG?

This is my favorite story, and it took me the longest to write. It took me a little while to get it just the way I wanted it. There’s a lot of me in this story.

Post-work drink of choice

This actually depends on the day. I’m not usually an alcoholic-drink type of person, so it’s usually something unexciting, like tea. When I’m in the mood, maybe 2-3 times a year, it’s a mojito. A raspberry mojito.

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Favorite place to shop offline / Favorite place to shop online

Barnes and Noble, hands down is my favorite place to shop offline. I love the smell of the store. I love running my fingers across the spines of all the books. You simply cannot own too many books. Online, I love Amazon and eBay. I’m always watching the daily deals on Amazon.

What you miss most about your hometown

I’ve been lots of other places, but my hometown always feels like home. I have so many memories here, they seem to replay every time I’m home. It’s a warm, fuzzy feeling, you just don’t get anywhere else.

If you could eat dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be?

This is so hard for me because I have so many favorite authors. I would want to talk to Shakespeare, but I would also want to talk to Jane Austen.

Shakespeare because I want to know more about his writing process; how did he create entire plays.

Jane Austen because I want to know what it was like to be a woman, a smart woman in a time when women weren’t valued and hearing it from her would be amazing.

When not working, what’s your hobby?

I play piano to de-stress. I also loom knit and scrapbook. I’m one of those people that do art projects that create trails of glitter throughout the house. I also enjoy reading, anything and everything, but I especially enjoy science fiction.

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If you could choose, what would your final meal be?

My final meal would be macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, corn on the cob, and carrot cake. I mean, if you’re going to die, calories don’t matter.

What is your most cherished memory?

I have so many memories that I cherish. The first one that comes to mind, is my mom bringing home my first puppy for Christmas when I was eight. I wanted a dog for so long and I didn’t think I was going to get one, but somehow my mom managed to talk my dad into it.

She wrapped a book about taking care of your dog and said we’d be able to pick her up the first week of February when she was old enough to leave her mom. I brought Buffy home on Valentine’s Day and had her for 14 wonderful years. I’ll never forget all the love one simple act of love brought.


Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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