I was born in Budapest, and escaped the evils of communism at a young age. When I was four, I jumped a fence, fought a guard, disarmed fifteen land mines, and swam across the Atlantic to New York City. Basically. (A more truthful, less exaggerated version of my coming to America story can be found here.)
I grew up on Roosevelt Island, where I buried a pet in a traffic circle, played street hockey, and never learned how to drive. I now reside in Albany Park, on the Northwest side of Chicago. I’m an amateur gardener, neighborhood and internet activist, avid animal lover, gamer, pauper, empress, reformed goth and recovering party-girl, wanna-be part-time (still scared) vlogger and award-winning poet.
twitter me @FruzsE
e-mail my gmail @ fruzsina.eordogh
Following the shuttering of True/Slant and my refusal to continue writing about student finances for AOL, I currently freelance, write a monthly street art column for Chicago Art Magazine, contribute to various Patch sites serving the north suburbs, and I maintain a hyperlocal blog/forum (with an emphasis on community service) about my neighborhood.
After working at the start-up digital publication the Daily Dot from June 2011 – 2012, I am freelance once again (again by choice), this time for the SAY Media properties ReadWriteWeb
and xoJane. I am starting to blog again about my neighborhood, despite my feelings about EveryBlock.
October 2013 update: The start-up VideoInk did not pan out due to differences, and NewMediaRockstars (where I occasionally freelanced) has been shut down. I’ve been blogging for Vice’s Motherboard since March and LadyBits on Medium since August. I don’t bother with Thought Catalog anymore as they never paid me and don’t respond to my emails regarding payment.
The College Drop Out Crisis: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/college-dropout-crisis/51014eae2b8c2a03d900030b
How Freelancers Define Success: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/third-metric-freelancers-and-success/52f90c7e78c90a53980000ff
Columbia College; Sixty Inches from Center contemporary graffiti exhibit, closing panel
University of Chicago; CCIJ Conference, panel on hyperlocal blogging
North Park University; Guest speaker for Asst. Prof Kristie Vuocolo’s Spring semester journalism class
SXSW; Reddit panel on Is it Possible to Change Someone’s View Online?