Tamara O'Shaughnessy


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When Tamara L. O'Shaughnessy tells moms and dads she's editor at Chicago Parent, they often remark that she must be the perfect parent. She's not. Not even close. What she is, though, is a mom who loves her three kids, Marty, Arlee and Zoe, so intensely it sometimes makes her heart hurt. She also loves putting out a magazine full of tips, articles and resources that helps other moms and dads. O'Shaughnessy spent 21 years working in daily newspapers, before joining Chicago Parent six years ago. Like so many parents, she struggles to keep work, home life with husband Bob and three very busy kids' activities in balance without losing her mind. Some days, she's successful; some days, not so much.

E-mail Tamara at [email protected].

Elizabeth Diffin

Senior Editor

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Elizabeth Diffin spends most of her non-work time trying to be a "cool aunt" to her amazing nephews, Aidan and Jackson. She loves introducing them to the fun activities in and around Chicago – and letting her inner child come out. Elizabeth received her Master's degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in March 2010. Look for her on local TV stations, where she represents Chicago Parent and shares some great ideas for Chicago families. And be sure to follow her on Instagram (@elizabeth_onair), too!

E-mail Elizabeth at [email protected].

Jackie McGoey

Digital Editor

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Chicago native Jackie McGoey is the proud momma of daughters Eden and Eliette. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. When she's not in the office, you can find her out and about in Oak Park and its surrounding communites with her girls and husband Jason. 

E-mail Jackie at [email protected].

Katina Beniaris

Assistant Digital Content Manager

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Born in Chicago, Katina Beniaris has always loved the city thanks to her mom finding the latest family fun attractions listed in Chicago Parent. She then spent her college years studying journalism at Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. When she’s not working, you can find her on the lookout for the next best brunch spot in the Chicagoland area. 

E-mail Katina at [email protected].

Mike Risher

IT and Digital Developer

Mike Risher is a Web developer for Wednesday Journal, Inc., where he has helped launch and re-launch several websites, including,, and Mike works in all aspects of Web programming -- server-side scripting, CSS, Javascript, XHTML, as well as teaching himself how to develop for mobile platforms. Currently he spends most of his time working on his new Web framework, codenamed Snowflake.

E-mail Mike at [email protected].