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Amber Nimocks' career incarnations include crime reporter, features editor, public radio talk show producer, copy editor, wine columnist and travel writer. She can also design pages, craft social media strategies and manage creative types, after she's had her coffee.
She has written about a wide range of topics: how '60s counterculture blossomed into the agroecology movement for Edible Piedmont, how she once saw a bear in the Great Dismal Swamp for The Washington Post and the science behind food marketing for the N.C. State University alumni magazine. She has produced shows examining social and political issues as a producer for The State of Things on WUNC and railed against sexist wine marketing for IndyWeek. Currently, she explores the intersection of the digital revolution and the legal profession as a content provider for N.C. Lawyers Weekly.
Her career started when she took a job as a newspaper reporter in Robeson County, a bizarre and often beautiful place 30 miles from her hometown of Fayetteville. She wrote about crime and courts, social ills and poverty, church organists and natural wonders, and the trials of the men who killed Michael Jordan's father. One of the murderers used to call her from jail, collect. Stints in Fayetteville, Fort Worth, Texas and Wilmington, N.C., eventually led her to live and work in downtown Raleigh, where she feels profoundly at home.
In her spare time she likes to grow vegetables with her neighbors in their community garden, hang out with her son and husband, N&O columnist Josh Shaffer, and judge culinary contests, which she will do for food.