Ellen J. Meany

Ellen J. Meany is the creative director for Isthmus — Madison, Wisconsin’s alternative weekly newspaper — where she oversees art direction, design and production for all editorial and advertising content. Her Isthmus work has been recognized with awards from the Milwaukee Press Club and American Advertising Federation.

Ellen is program director for Advertising Design for the Society for News Design, In addition to leading SND design seminars, she has spoken on editorial or ad design for the Association for Alternative Newsweeklies, the Pennsylvania Press Association, and the New Jersey Press Association. She has been working with Creative Circle since 2002.

After graduating with a B.S. from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, she started her career as a production artist, reporter and photographer for the Advertiser PhotoNews in Warwick, NY. She moved from there to graphic arts director at the News/Voice newspapers group in Highland Park, Ill.

Ellen ended up in Madison on a whim in 1991, when she and her husband, Robert Baratz, purchased a farm in nearby Stoughton. Rob produces organic fresh market vegetables for the Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago markets. They have one beautiful son, Aaron.