Hilary Aver

Hilary Aver

Hilary Aver has been with Dotdash since 2021. She comes from both a writing and editing background in New York media, where she worked at The Cut, Vanity Fair, and ELLE.com and has written for Refinery29, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Esquire.com, and more. She has a reporting and editing background in lifestyle, celebrity, and queer/social justice issues.


  • Night Editor at The Cut: 2016, fact-checker for writer Delia Ephron
  • Staff writer at Vanity Fair from 2016 to 2019: covered the Women's March, the Met Gala, the Obama's Smithsonian portrait unveiling, and other prestigious events, wrote features for TV, film, celebrity, and lifestyle
  • Weekend Editor at ELLE.com from 2019 to 2021
  • Freelance writer, editor and SEO expert across brands as a freelance contractor


After journalism school, Hilary got her start as a fact-checker at The Nation magazine, where she worked with well-known writers to check their work across breaking news and feature content for the historic publication. Since then, she's worked in the digital space as an editor, writer, part-time social media manager, and SEO specialist for brands like The Cut, Vanity Fair, and ELLE.com.

At Vanity Fair, she maintained a byline consistently found on the list of most-trafficked pieces on the site. At The Cut, ELLE.com, in local news, and through her freelance work, she has helped sites with their traffic goals by updating and executing SEO strategy.

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Hilary attended the Missouri School of Journalism, where she majored in both magazine writing and editing, focusing on news and lifestyle content for a city publication and graduated with a journalism degree in December 2014. Ten days later, she moved to New York City to begin her continued education in newsrooms and magazine offices across the industry.

Education: University of Missouri
Location: Portland, Maine
Title: Editor

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