Karen Feldman grew up in the Jersey suburbs of Philly. After getting her bachelor’s in English from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she headed to Manhattan and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she earned her master’s degree, and came to the realization that northern winters were not for her.
So she headed south and got her first full time job as a cub reporter at the News Press. She went on to become a senior writer and editor in the Lifestyles department, as well as the paper’s pseudonymous mystery diner whose name I’ve never said out loud so this is just a guess: Jean Le Boeuf. After 28 years, she came to FGCU to create the university’s magazine and has worked in University Marketing for 12 years now. She lives in North Fort Myers with her husband, Jim McCracken, who’s an IT pro with Lee County, and their menagerie of 7 rescued dogs and 6 cats. She continues to review restaurants for Florida Weekly to this very day.