Meet Columnist Jan Risher

Updated: Apr 15

Writer Name: Jan Risher

Location: Lafayette, Louisiana

Years of Experience: 25

Available for writing projects: occasionally

Niche/Beat/Genre: Writes a weekly newspaper column and does business writing

Portfolio website: The Acadiana Advocate

Other website: Jan Risher

Books: Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers and Other Long Stories Short

Favorite food: green apples with roasted Brussels Sprouts and balsamic/cider glaze OR her husband’s incredible chile rellanos

Writing tip for fellow writers: Read it out loud to someone to edit.

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Jan Risher is an award-winning journalist and columnist specializing in short-form memoir.

Jan Risher began writing at a young age and always knew she wanted to be a columnist.


Now an award-winning journalist specializing in short-form memoir, she considers herself a writer and advocate for those whose voices are seldom heard.


Over her career, Jan has covered hurricanes along the Gulf, the Iraq War, Louisiana politics and more.


In 2006, Jan won the International Fellowship for Journalism, traveling to Thailand to report on, and compare, Thailand’s recovery from the Boxing Day Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.


Since leaving full-time journalism in 2008, Jan has continued freelance writing and writing a weekly column published on Sundays. Her column, titled Long Story Short, is largely about the human condition, the community, food, family, failures and triumphs.


Since 2014, she has owned and managed Shift Key, a content marketing firm that helps organizations tell their stories.


Jan and her husband live on the banks of the Vermilion River in Lafayette, Louisiana. They are parents to two daughters, Greer, 23, and Piper, 19. Jan is also an avid cook and skateboarding champion.