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XO Group Inc. Experts

The staff of editors and experts at XO Group can provide -- bar none -- the most modern, sensible, stylish advice for planning a wedding, putting together your first home, and getting pregnant. They’ve got their finger on the pulse of the upcoming industry trends and know (in real time) what millions of young couples are talking about. Read up on their background and favorite topics here, and contact us to request an interview.

The Knot | The Nest | WeddingChannel.com | The Bump

Carley Roney
Cofounder and Chief Content Officer, XO Group Inc., formerly The Knot Inc.

Motivated by the excruciating process of planning her own wedding, Carley Roney made it her mission to find a fun, hip, user-generated resource for couples planning their weddings. The wedding world was in dire need for a new voice, and the web was the perfect place to break ground. In 1996, Roney founded TheKnot.com with her husband (CEO of XO Group, David Liu) and two other business partners.

The Knot has since transformed the wedding landscape as the leading wedding resource and most-trafficked online wedding destination with over 3.4 million unique visitors a month and more than 125 million monthly page views.

As the country's best modern wedding and lifestyle expert, Roney frequently offers inspiring and sensible advice on television, radio, Internet, and print outlets nationwide. Roney helped to develop NBC’s TODAY show's groundbreaking interactive wedding planning series “Today Ties The Knot” and has been featured as the series’ key expert year after year. She has also appeared on top television shows and channels, including Oprah, ABC’s The View, LIVE! With Regis & Kelly, CBS' The Early Show, E!, CNN, Inside Edition, and The FOX News Report, and has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She's a seasoned speaker who's invited to headline many bridal and lifestyle industry events across the country.

At The Knot New York headquarters, Roney is responsible for overseeing all content development -- both online and in print. She was responsible for leveraging brand awareness into The Knot offline products, including 17 local wedding magazines, The Knot national weddings magazine, and popular television shows on the Style Network and Oxygen.

Roney has authored over a dozen books in partnership with publishers Random House, Chronicle Books, and Clarkson Potter, including the recently released The Knot Book of Lists (2008). She has spearheaded the editorial development of a video-on-demand service with Comcast Cable and the launch of The Knot TV -- a nonstop streaming video channel on TheKnot.com. Roney also oversees the content and creative development of the company’s expanded portfolio of lifestage brands, including The Nest for newlyweds and The Bump for first-time parents.

When not working or playing with her three children, Roney most enjoys planning dinner parties for family and friends in her chic and modern Brooklyn loft. She is a native of Rhode Island and currently works with her partners in SoHo, New York City.

Rebecca Dolgin
Editor in Chief, The Knot

As Editor in Chief of The Knot and TheKnot.com, Rebecca Dolgin lives and breathes weddings day in and day out. With her extensive experience working in magazines and fresh editorial approach, Rebecca is at the cutting edge of the wedding industry and leads her editorial staff in the creation of magazines, books, websites, content syndication, social media & mobile apps. Rebecca recently spearheaded the revamped design for The Knot magazine, creating a luxe, fashion-forward and exciting new feel for The Knot.

Rebecca is regularly tapped for her wedding knowledge, including trends, tips, planning advice, etiquette conundrums and more and has been interviewed by top media outlets including Today, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TLC’s Cake Boss, CBS Moneywatch, CNN International and more.

Prior to joining The Knot, Rebecca was Executive Editor of Life & Style, where she was responsible for repositioning the magazine to incorporate service and bringing a lifestyle component to news stories. Previously, she was Beauty and Fashion Director at All You magazine, and Senior Editor at MORE magazine and Parenting Magazine. Rebecca lives in Westchester with her husband and loves having her nieces and nephews over to play with their cool aunt.

Anja Winikka
Site Director, TheKnot.com

As Site Director of TheKnot.com, Anja Winikka combines her writing and editing skills with her weddings expertise to bring the most of-the-moment wedding trends to millions of engaged couples across the country.

Anja immersed herself in the weddings industry at a young age, when she took a job as a weddings coordinator at a local reception space, helping to make hundreds of couples’ wedding days perfect. In addition to editing, researching and reporting on a variety of topics for the TheKnot.com, ranging in subject from getting engaged to planning tips and wedding style ideas, Anja can be found pouring over trending topics and conversation among the thousands of brides that are a part of TheKnot.com community.

Anja has been a popular source for wedding trends, planning tips and advice and etiquette and has also served as an expert for the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC 20/20, CNN Headline News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and local news segments across the country. Anja recently married her best friend on a ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Her favorite part about planning her wedding was traveling to Costa Rica to work with wedding dress designer Melissa Sweet on her own custom gown. Anja lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her new husband Ben and their dog and cat, Charlie and Bella.

Jennie Ma Jennia Ma
Fashion and Beauty Editor, The Knot

Jennie Ma is the fashion beauty editor for The Knot. As fashion and beauty editor, Jennie is responsible for everything and anything to do with style and beauty from accessories to bridal fashion to couture jewelry, makeup and fitness for The Knot magazine, both regional and national, as well as TheKnot.com. She is responsible for producing and styling photo-driven features for The Knot magazine.

Jennie has been a popular source for wedding fashion and bridal party trends and has also appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight and local news segments across the country. Likewise, reporters from prestigious publications often turn to her for her fashion and style expertise.

Jennie graduated from New York University in Finance and International Business and holds a graduate degree from Yale University in East Asian Studies. Previous to The Knot, Jennie hosted and produced a TV show in Shanghai about fashion and culture and worked as a story producer on documentary production in New York, including a documentary where she followed Bon Jovi for a year. She was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in downtown Manhattan.

Jamie Miles

Jamie Miles
Editor, TheKnot.com

As an Editor at TheKnot.com, Jamie Miles handles content production for TheKnot.com. From delivering content weekly to MSN, Yahoo, Huffington Post and more, to writing wedding news pieces, Real Wedding stories and articles, Jamie creates content for the TheKnot.com.

Jamie is a popular source for wedding trends, etiquette, tips and advice in national and local newspapers and websites and has also appeared on the Fox & Friends, PIX Morning News and local news segments across the country.

Jamie is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a concentration in magazine journalism. Prior to The Knot, Jamie’s writing could be found at New York Weddings, New York magazine and More magazine.

She was born and bred in Upstate New York and currently lives in New York City. She loves to travel and fell in love with Europe when she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Jamie predicts she'll be having a small destination wedding when it comes time for her own!

Carley Roney

Carley Roney
Cofounder and Chief Content Officer, XO Group Inc., formerly The Knot Inc.

Soon after Carley, her husband, and a couple of friends dreamt up TheKnot.com, she realized that thousands of Knottie brides were sticking around the site’s vibrant community long after the honeymoon. Once connected by their shared wedding planning experiences, these newlyweds were soon talking about moving in together, what to make for dinner, and how to save up for their first house. After witnessing a demand for answers to navigating married life (due to a void of helpful resources), Roney spearheaded the launch of The Nest to offer relief for hip and harried couples. From managing mothers-in-law to mastering marital finances to making the decision to start a family, Roney has all of the know-how on starting out as Mr. & Mrs.

Roney shares her advice for making marriage work on TheNest.com, in her two books, The Nest Newlywed Handbook and The Nest Home Design Handbook, and regularly appears on top TV shows and channels, from NBC’s TODAY, CNN, ABC's The View, and more.

Rebecca Dolgin
Editor in Chief, XO Group Inc.

Ever wonder who’s responsible for all of those creative ideas flowing from The Nest? Meet Executive Editor of The Nest, Rebecca Dolgin. Basking in the young-married stage herself, Dolgin can relate to the newlywed issues that Nesties are going through, making her the perfect spokesperson for The Nest. Rebecca’s responsibilities -- like managing The Nest production, content syndication, The Nest books, and new products -- have her appropriately and forever emerged in young marrieds’ land where she stays atop all things Nestie.

Carley Roney
Cofounder and Chief Content Officer, XO Group Inc., formerly The Knot Inc.

Since cofounding XO Group, Carley has built one of the web’s largest network of lifestyle websites -- all while enduring three pregnancies, countless late-night breastfeeding sessions, toddler milestones, and temper tantrums. She’s poured years of hard-won mommy wisdom into The Bump and is excited to fill first-time parents in on all the things she wishes she’d known. Roney resides in Brooklyn, where she enjoys her daughter Havana’s dance recitals, park hopping with her sons Cairo and Dublin.

Rebecca Dolgin
Editor in Chief, XO Group Inc.

Rebecca Dolgin is Editor in Chief at XO Group Inc. overseeing the content for all brands, which include, The Knot, The Nest, The Bump, and WeddingChannel.com. With her extensive magazine publishing experience and fresh editorial approach, Rebecca leads the XO Group Inc. editorial staff in the creation of the company’s magazines, books, content syndication, websites and social & mobile applications.

Prior to joining XO Group Inc., Rebecca was Executive Editor of Life & Style, where she was responsible for repositioning the magazine to incorporate service and bringing a lifestyle component to news stories. Previously, she was Beauty and Fashion Director at All You magazine, and Senior Editor at MORE magazine and Parenting Magazine.

Rebecca has been interviewed by top media outlets including Today, Associated Press, TLC’s Cake Boss, CBS Moneywatch and CNN.

Shannon Guyton

Shannon Guyton
Site Director, TheBump.com

As Site Director of TheBump.com, Shannon Guyton has got her finger on the pulse of all things pregnancy and parenting. She is responsible for editorial content on TheBump.com and combines her writing and editing skills with her parenting expertise to bring up-to-the-moment parenting trends to millions of moms across the country.

Shannon joined XO Group Inc. in 2007 and quickly immersed herself in all things pregnancy and parenting with the launch of TheBump.com in 2008. Prior to becoming Site Director, Shannon created and managed consumer marketing partnerships, sweepstakes and promotions for The Bump as Marketing Manager.

When she’s not busy developing new content and creating tools, posting answers to mommy questions, or reporting on the coolest new baby products, Shannon is busy running about town with her son and daughter. Shannon’s married to her college sweetheart and resides outside Los Angeles, CA. She can be followed on Twitter at @shannonguyton.

Elena Donovan Mauer

Elena Donovan Mauer
Fertility & Pregnancy Expert, TheBump.com

Elena Donovan Mauer is the deputy editor of The Bump, where she works with top-notch writers, OB-GYNs, pediatricians and other industry leaders to deliver high-quality fertility, pregnancy and parenting information to millions of expectant and new parents in a friendly, easy-to-understand, frank (and sometimes snarky) way.

Mauer is responsible for all editorial for The Bump magazines, the largest network of local pregnancy and parenting print publications. Online, she’s launched several highly popular pregnancy and parenting tools, including Pregnancy-Week-By-Week, pregnancy and baby symptoms guides and an upcoming app, which will be the ultimate checklist for every expecting and new parent. She’s an expert in everything from pregnancy and baby health to baby gear to celebrity pregnancies and trends, and she’s interviewed celebrities such as Rosie Pope, Tiffani Thiessen, Alyson Hannigan and Melissa Rycroft.

Before she joined The Bump, Elena was Senior Editor of iVillage Pregnancy + Parenting, where she edited news and health content. She’s also been an editor at several national women’s magazines, has written in-depth articles for several more of them and has coauthored three books on weddings and relationships.

Lori Richmond

Lori Richmond
Editor, TheBump.com

As Editor of TheBump.com, Lori Richmond combines her writing and design skills with her parenting expertise to bring the most of-the-moment parenting content and trends to millions of moms across the country.

Lori joined XO Group Inc. in 2005 and immersed herself in all things pregnancy and parenting with the launch of TheBump.com in 2008. Lori heads up the creative services team handling all design elements of TheBump.com, chooses and tests the best baby products for the “Scan This” registry video series, teaches simple and unique activities for the “C is for Craft” video series and created TheBump.com Birthday Spotlight Blog Series where she uses her creative eye to seek out and feature the most fabulous, awe-inspiring kids’ birthday celebrations.

Lori has been a popular source for parenting trend and mom advice, and has appeared on Today, Fox & Friends, Better TV and local news segments across the country.

When she’s not busy designing and advising new moms, Lori is running around Brooklyn with her two sons, Cooper and Holden.

Alison Bernstein

Alison Bernstein
Editor, TheBump.com

As Editor of TheBump.com, Alison Bernstein combines her writing, editing and producing skills with her parenting expertise to bring the most of-the-moment parenting trends to millions of moms across the country.

Alison joined XO Group Inc. in 1996 (in fact, she was employee #5!) and immersed herself in all things pregnancy and parenting with the launch of TheBump.com in 2008. Alison also heads up all the editorial video content development for XO Group Inc., including baby care basics, latest nursery décor and food & nutrition. When she’s not busy producing and editing, or posting answers to mommy questions, Alison is busy running about town with her three kids.

Alison has been a popular source for parenting trend and mom advice, and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and local NBC, FOX and PIX news segments across the country.