Hometown: Walkersville, MD
Birthday: March 1, 1981
Penny Riordan was the founding editor of Catonsville Patch and ran the site from October 2010 and until September 2012.
She currently works for Patch as the East Coast Community Relations Coordinator for the Vine, which is a nurture program for Patch's most engaged users.
A native of Frederick, Penny has been a journalist on some level since high school, when reporting for her high school newspaper earned her several high school journalism awards from the Frederick News-Post.
At the University of Maryland at College Park, she interned at various publications in Washington, D.C., including Congressional Quarterly, Stateline.org and the Washington Times.
Upon graduation, Penny decamped for New England and worked for a daily newspaper in 'hard-hittin' New Britain covering everything from policitical corruption to school news to police and fire.
Penny returned to Maryland in 2005, working for the Maryland Gazette in Glen Burnie before moving to the Carroll County Times. There she covered education and also oversaw several niche products for the company, including a glossy woman's magazine that she helped launch. Penny has received multiple awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.
After she was hired by Patch, Penny moved seven miles from Union Square in West Baltimore out Frederick Road to Catonsville. When she's not working from home for Patch, Penny is running, rock climbing, doing yoga and counting down to the start of ski season.