Photo credit  William Yan

Photo credit William Yan

Hi! 

Hello! My name is Marie-Joelle, and I am a French-Canadian from Montreal. I have recently moved to San Francisco after living in New York City for almost a decade. I love taking photos, writing, and meeting new people, but most of all, I love to travel and discover new cities.

Currently, I reside in San Francisco where I am a Content Communications Manager at Pinterest, a visual discovery platform that enables inspiration. Previously, I worked with the Quebecor Media Group, a Canadian media agency. At QMG, I was a multimedia correspondent, where I provided print/television reporting, photography, video editing, and content development in both French and English languages, with a focus on the US market. My coverage of unfolding events included major news stories such as Hurricane Sandy, the Ferguson riots, the Sandy Hook school shootings, the re-election of Barack Obama, and the Boston Marathon bombing. In addition, I have written numerous entertainment features and have had the pleasure to interview celebrities like Yoko Ono, Tony Bennett, Johnny Hallyday, Candace Bushnell, Alicia Keys, Larry King, and Moby. 

As a result of my background as an author and a journalist, I have participated in and contributed to several outstanding television and radio shows as a commentator and personality. I was a collaborator on Radio-Canada's TV show, indice UV. I also contributed to Radio-Canada’s radio program Gravel le matin as a US commentator. In addition, in 2017, I acted as the Master of Ceremonies for Michelin's Movin’On, a phenomenal event that focused on the future of mobility. While I enjoy radio and television, one of my biggest passions is my Instagram account, which features over 12,000 photos; in 2013, it was named as one of the top 10 accounts to follow by French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.

One of my career highlights has been the completion and publication of my guidebook, 300 Reasons to Love New York, which enjoys sales in the US, Canada, and abroad. I leveraged my background in content development, journalism, and photography to create an innovative and graphically intriguing alternative to the typical travel book. The response to it was so positive, that I wrote my second guidebook, 300 Reasons to Love San Francisco, and the concept was turned into a travel series. I currently serve as the Creative Director for the “300 Reasons to Love…” guidebooks and I’m proud that the portfolio now includes other cities by amazing writers/explorers: Paris, Montreal, London and Havana (Note: Toronto and Mexico City are coming soon!).

Please feel free to follow me on social media or reach out with any thoughts or comments…

Safe travels!

MJ