Freelance Writing

Karen Hendricks is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Click on the links below to view her recently published freelance work.


Second Chance at Love, Celebrate Gettysburg (cover story), May/June 2019

Worldly Flavors, Friendly Faces: Chez Cheri Cafe, Celebrate Gettysburg, May/June 2019

Mechanicsburg’s Sweet Spot: Cocoa Creek Chocolates launches unique line, Susquehanna Style, May 2019

Taste of History: Savor Gettysburg Food Tours whets the appetite of foodies, history lovers, TheBurg, May 2019

Changing the Game: An annual conference champions female athletes, women’s sports, TheBurg, May 2019

Riding the Rails: Explore the Area’s Newest Rail Trails, Susquehanna Style, April 2019

Spring Cleaning: Earth Day means the Harrisburg area gets a good scrubbing, TheBurg, April 2019

A Destination to Love: A marriage of Mediterranean and Ukrainian Cuisine in Mechanicsburg, Susquehanna Style, March 2019

Let Them Eat Little Cakes: In Mechanicsburg, Ann’s Cupcakery fills a sweet spot, TheBurg, March 2019

Nourishing and Flourishing: How Nutrition Changes As We Age, Celebrate Gettysburg, March/April 2019

Plant Powered: A vegan lifestyle improves Central Pennsylvanians’ health in body, mind, and spirit (cover story), Susquehanna Style, February 2019

Run with Purpose, Susquehanna Style, February 2019

Taking Creative Liberties: Eagle & The Owl Public House at Liberty Mountain Resort, Susquehanna Style, January 2019

Hidden Treasures: Homeowners Find Surprising Discoveries During Renovations (cover story), Celebrate Gettysburg, Jan/Feb 2019

Gettysburg’s Newest Dining Adventure: The Hoof, Fin & Fowl, Celebrate Gettysburg, Jan/Feb 2019

Take a Spa Day: Be Well in Camp Hill, Celebrate Gettysburg, Jan/Feb 2019

Fight for Your Might: At Thrive, Workouts Pack a Punch, TheBurg, January 2019

Silver Spoon-Worthy Holiday Getaways: 2018’s Eight Award-Winning Area Restaurant/Hotel Combos to House Holiday Guests or Staycation Locals, Susquehanna Style, December 2018

Have Yourself a Monster Little Christmas: Holiday drive aims to change misconceptions about “monster breeds,” TheBurg, December 2018

Sights, Sounds & Spirit of the Season: Experience 10 of Adams County’s “Can’t Miss” Holiday Celebrations, Celebrate Gettysburg (cover story), Nov/Dec 2018

A New Battleground: Veteran-Owned Stronghold Cyber Security Fights Today’s Digital Wars from Adams County, Celebrate Gettysburg, Nov/Dec 2018

Everyone Wins: How LVC’s Health Professions Programs Are Answering Healthcare Challenges, cover story, The Valley, Lebanon Valley College magazine, Fall 2018

Marathon Made: 100 runners shared a training program; their time has come, TheBurg, November 2018

A Little Love for Foodies: Lancaster’s Amorette brings the wow factor, Susquehanna Style, November 2018

Angels Among Us: Vickie’s Angel Foundation helps central PA families battling cancer, TheBurg, October 2018

There’s Beer Here! Where to hit the trails for ales, Susquehanna Style, October 2018

Bullseye! Dough & Arrows Hits the Target, Celebrate Gettysburg, Sept/Oct 2018

Luxurious Living: It’s All About Water & Wine, Susquehanna Style, September 2018

The Show that Never Ends: New Cumberland rallies to save, revive the historic West Shore Theatre, TheBurg, September 2018

Glorious Feeling: Area native Stosh Snyder begins his first season at the helm of Theatre Harrisburg, TheBurg, September 2018

40 Smart Resources for Adult Classes: Learn how  you can further your education into adulthood, Susquehanna Style, August 2018

A Loss, a Purpose: Hershey woman advocates for greater newborn screening laws, TheBurg, July 2018

Mural Magic: How Public Art is Transforming Central PA Cities, Susquehanna Style, July 2018

The Role of a Lifetime: James Hayney Brings Abraham Lincoln to Life, Celebrate Gettysburg (cover story), July/August 2018

Thirsty Farmer Brew Works: An Authentic Adams County Experience, Celebrate Gettysburg, July/August 2018

Duo treks AT in memory of uncle, first thru-hiker, Gettysburg Times, front page feature story, June 16, 2018

All Afloat: Relax away the stress, the strain at Dissolve, TheBurg, June 2018

Take a Bite Out of Business: Where to sit down and get to work over lunch, Susquehanna Style, June 2018

Faces of the Susquehanna Valley, Susquehanna Style, June 2018: A special advertising section highlighting the people, personalities and entrepreneurial spirit behind some of the Susquehanna Valley’s most successful businesses

Cover Story: Adams County’s Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2018, Celebrate Gettysburg, May/June 2018

Hungry Diners Go “Hog Wild” for Barbeque at 3 Hogs BBQ, Celebrate Gettysburg, May/June 2018

Dine Around the World in 35 Local Restaurants, Susquehanna Style, May 2018

Upcycling Architectural Icons: Adaptive reuse in the Susquehanna Valley, Susquehanna Style, May 2018

20 Ways to Go Wild in Central PA: Discover adventure at any age in local nature centers, wildlife sanctuaries and more, Susquehanna Style, April 2018

25 Hot Spots to Dine Out(doors), Susquehanna Style, April 2018

Through It All: In springtime, the thru-hikers take to the A.T., TheBurg, April 2018

Caputo Brothers Creamery: A Taste of the Old Country in the South Central PA Countryside, Celebrate Gettysburg, March/April 2018

Dreams and Destiny: The Shoppe at AK Interiors, Susquehanna Style, March 2018

New Frontier: A Retreat to the Yellow Breeches Creek Countryside, Susquehanna Style, March 2018

Gaining Momentum: Tracey Wakeen shares her passion for fitness, TheBurg, March 2018

A Place to Rest Your Wings: Roost Uncommon Kitchen, Susquehanna Style, February 2018

18 Ways to Get Healthy in 2018, Susquehanna Style, February 2018

Eagle & The Owl Public House: where everything, and we mean everything, is made from scratch, Celebrate Gettysburg, Jan/Feb 2018

On the Rocks: Climbing high, warm and dry, in Perry County, TheBurg, January 2018

Happy as a Lark: A spontaneous shop in Gettysburg, Susquehanna Style, January 2018

Love is in Season: Wedding Inspirations for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, Susquehanna Style, January 2018

Sweet Break: A scrumptious snap at Brittle Bark, TheBurg, December 2017

The Old Soul Ragtime Show: Young pianist strikes a chord with old-timey music, TheBurg, December 2017

Causes of the Susquehanna Valley, Susquehanna Style, December 2017: A special advertising section profiling nonprofit organizations paired with corporate donors.

Popcorn with a Purpose: Popped Culture is one man’s mission to mentor area youth, Susquehanna Style, December 2017

Following Yonder Star: Adams County Business, Yonder Star, Shares the Joy of Christmas, Celebrate Gettysburg, Nov/Dec 2017

At the Crossroads of American Fusion: Christine’s Café in Gettysburg, Susquehanna Style, October 2017

Appalachian Adventure: Finding Peace and Simplicity on the Trail, Susquehanna Style, October 2017

Home Safely: Local police sergeant creates registry for Alzheimer’s, dementia patients, TheBurg, October 2017

Medical Journey: As he retires, Dr. Domingo Alvear reflects on a long career in Harrisburg, around the world, TheBurg, September 2017

The Parrot: A Colorful History & Bright Future, Celebrate Gettysburg, Cover Story, Sept/Oct 2017

InSite Gettysburg: Before Snapchat, Before “Pokémon Go,” Gettysburg’s Nick Wiley Utilized Similar Technology to Make History “Cool,” Celebrate Gettysburg, Sept/Oct 2017

Born to Run: Fred Joslyn Takes His Love of Running Around the Midstate, Across the World, TheBurg, August 2017

Like Family: At Home with Mechanicsburg’s Thea, Susquehanna Style, July 2017

Hoppy Trail: Best of the West Shore Featured in Cumberland Valley Beer Trail, TheBurg, July 2017

Antica Napoli Pizza: Putting Pizazz in Gettysburg’s Pizza, Celebrate Gettysburg, July/Aug 2017

Susquehanna Valley Staycations: Finding Farm Charm and More–Locally, Susquehanna Style, June 2017

Gareth V. “Lefty” Biser: Building Character Through Tragedy, Susquehanna Style, May 2017

The real heart and soul behind any successful enterprise are its people. Once again, Susquehanna Style has partnered with businesses and organizations in the region to give you a glimpse of just what keeps them on top. Faces of the Susquehanna Valley is a combination of professionally-written profiles by Karen Hendricks and incredible imagery prduced by Donovan Roberts Witmer. Together they shine the spotlight on the people who have contributed toward making each business stand out so brightly.

Faces of the Susquehanna Valley 2017, Susquehanna Style, May 2017

History Meets the Arts: Keeping History Alive Through Art, Conversations, & Camaraderie, Muzzleloader, cover story, May/June 2017

Mason Dixon Distillery: New Spirits Rise from Downtown Gettysburg’s Industrial Past, cover story, Celebrate Gettysburg, March/April 2017

Stories from the Yellow House: Survivors, Inc. Shines a Light on Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking Celebrate Gettysburg, March/April 2017

All-American Spirit: Carlisle’s 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion, Susquehanna Style, February 2017



Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Jan/Feb 2017: Old Meets New: Historic Home Renovations in Adams County (cover story)

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Destinations: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center: Telling the U.S. Army’s Story, One Soldier at a Time, Celebrate Gettysburg, Jan/Feb 2017



Frozen Fever: Ice Festivals Bring Warmth to Winter in Central PA, a cover story for Susquehanna Style magazine, January 2017











In the Shadow of South Mountain: The Foothills Artists’ Studio Tour shares local art and historic homes in a thriving community, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Nov/Dec 2016


Christine’s Cafe: A Melting Pot of American Fusion, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Nov/Dec 2016

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Slice of Americana Served Up at Beech Springs Farm’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series, cover story, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Sept/Oct 2016


The Nerd Herd: Downtown Gettysburg Shop Takes Fun & Games to a New Level, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Sept/Oct 2016

July-Aug 2016appalachian-adventure                   An Appalachian Adventure: Happy trails await hikers on the Appalachian TrailCelebrate Gettysburg magazine, July/August 2016


Tania’s Mexican Restaurant & Store: An Authentic Taste of Mexico in Adams County, published in Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, July/August 2016.


Trail Blazing: Exploring New Paths, Rails & Trails, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, May/June 2016


Susquehanna Style magazine’s “Faces of the Susquehanna Valley,” is a 25-page advertising section in the May 2016 issue. Business leaders from throughout Central PA were profiled, in editorial style, to capture each business’ unique spirit and story of success.

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Sense of Taste: Old School Hospitality and New Age Flavors at Fidler & Co, published in Susquehanna Style magazine, April 2016

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Churches on a Mission: Adams County Churches are Touching Lives Locally and Globally, a cover story published in Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, March/April 2016



Hit the Ground Running, published in Susquehanna Style magazine, February 2016


We Are Adams County Profiles: Carrie Trax – Inspiring Future Musicians, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Jan/Feb 2016


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The Heart of the Holidays, cover story, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Nov/Dec 2015


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Brewing Big Business: Central Pennsylvania is Blowing the Lid off the Craft Beer Industry, cover story, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Sept/Oct 2015


A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air: “Friendly Town” Gettysburg Welcomes New York City Fresh Air Fund Children, published in Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, July/Aug 2015


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Caretakers for a Century: For 100 Years, Licensed Battlefield Guides Have Preserved the Stories of the Battle of Gettysburg, Cover Story, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, May/June 2015


At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads: Adams County hospice care provides quality of life at the end of life, Feature story, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, March/April 2015



Oh Christmas Tree: Adams County Christmas Tree Farms Offer Homegrown Holiday Traditions, Cover Story, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Nov/Dec 2014


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Branching Out: Adams County Apples Give New Taste to All-American Apple Cider, Cover Story, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Sept/Oct 2014

Plus Apple Country: The Apple of Tourism’s Eye, a sidebar published on the Celebrate Gettysburg blog



Caught in the Crossfire: Preserving the Stories of Civilians in the Civil War, Cover Story, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, July/Aug 2014



Gardening for Community Good: Adams County gets growing with thriving community gardens, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, March/April 2014

Aging in Place in Adams County, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, March/April 2014


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These Old Barns: Preserving Adams County’s Agricultural Icons, cover story for Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Jan/Feb 2014

Gettysburg Tourism Community Rallies Amid Government Shutdown, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Jan/Feb 2014


Coming Home to GettysburgComing Home to Gettysburg:The Stories of Pennsylvania’s World War I and II Veterans Laid to Rest in Soldiers’ National Cemetery 

Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Nov/Dec 2013


Preparing for Battle, Harrisburg Magazine, June 2013

Everyday Hero: ‘Angel’ Traci Lochbaum,Celebrate Gettysburg, May/June 2013

Golden Opportunities, Celebrate Gettysburg, March/April 2013

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