My name is Natalie Harms and I am a journalist based in Houston. I’m crazy about my hometown, but I’m also a huge fan of traveling — aren’t we all? I’m nothing if not a writer, wine drinker, cat lover, exercise fanatic or Houstonian.
I’m currently serving as the inaugural editor of InnovationMap.com — the new voice of innovation in Houston. It’s a sister site to CultureMap and owned by Gow Media. I manage the entirety of the site, freelancers, social media platforms, guest columns, and more, while writing and editing too.
Previously, I was the associate editor for print at the Houston Business Journal, where I oversaw special sections, awards programs, freelancers, and guest articles. I’m also co-founder, blogger and social media guru for It’s Not Hou It’s Me, a Houston-centric lifestyle blog, as seen on TV. The blog, which is now four years old, has been extremely successful in Houston and even took us to Germany as Houston representatives.
I currently am engaged in several volunteer opportunities. I’ve been a big sister to La’Star for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star program since December of 2017. I’ve been a member of the young alumni organization for my high school, St. Agnes Academy, since 2016 and am the current vice president. Every December, I’ve fundraised for an organization called Dressember, and in 2018, I raised $1,000 for human trafficking victims around the world. Most recently, I’ve joined the Houston Rodeo’s magazine committee as a staff writer. I also engage in speaking opportunities at education institutions on the subjects of journalism, social media, and blogging.
Along with HBJ and InnovationMap, I’ve been published in Houstonia magazine, the Houston Press, The Houston Chronicle and The Daily Cougar, as well as other student-run publications at the University of Houston. I’ve also contributed to the websites of those publications as well as Texas Monthly’s website.
I graduated from the University of Houston in May 2014 and then went on to study magazine and book publishing at New York University, where I received my certificate in publishing in July of 2014.
I have worked with WordPress, RebelMouse, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML, AP style, and all social media platforms, including Sprout Social. I am deadline driven, organized and able to adjust for any environment. I am a detail-oriented, organized individual with a love for working with people. I love writing, editing and staying ahead of everyone else when it comes to new trends and stories.
I have designed my own website, worked on multiple WordPress sites (like this one!) and maintained many social media accounts.
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com, or — for InnovationMap purposes — firstname.lastname@example.org.