I’m Ariel Shearer, a Seattle-based writer and multimedia reporter driven by a passion for storytelling.

My writing covers a range of styles and subjects—from features to first-person essays, protests to restaurant openings—but a few common threads run through the majority of my work: compelling characters and community connections.

While my career as a wordsmith has been a winding journey, cause-driven writing is my constant. 

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So what’s the Ariel View?

The Ariel View was the name of my first column, a space I carved out in a college newspaper to speak my mind and learn my voice. I was just 17, an early high school graduate, and quickly fell in love with writing for print while uncovering the power of investigative journalism. After graduating from Emerson College with a multimedia journalism degree, I cut my chops at the Boston Phoenix, a beloved alternative weekly newspaper where I worked until its shuttering in 2013.

I’ve been moving around ever since, freelancing for various publications while working full-time writing jobs for a range of industries, organizations, and individuals. I travel as often as possible, and love finding new ways to use the written word for powerful and positive change.

This website is a home for my voice in all forms, a portfolio and scrapbook showcasing my journey as a writer in a shifting media landscape.

Visit my publications pages for a taste of my work, check out my blog for casual stories about food and travel, and explore my photography page for an introduction to my visual perspective.

Thanks for stopping by!