About Gretchen

About Gretchen

Gretchen McKay with the Pirates Pierogies, celebrating the Guinness Book Of World Records title for the world’s largest pierogi. It weighed in at 123 pounds.

 Feature writer Gretchen McKay began her career at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1992 as a freelance correspondent, covering municipal government and local school boards. She went on staff in 1997 as an education reporter.

Today, the Ben Avon resident and mother of five writes primarily about her true loves in life: homes, food and travel.

A  graduate of Penn State with a degree in English, Gretchen earned a master’s degree in professional writing from George Mason University in Virginia. While living in Hong Kong in the mid ’80s, she worked as a writer/editor of  “Off Duty,” a military lifestyle magazine. She has also worked as an editor/writer for the national magazine “First For Women.”

Gretchen is the recipient of numerous awards for food and featuring writing, including first place for Best Newspaper Special Food project in the national Association of Food Journalists‘ Awards Competition for a series called “This is Pittsburgh Food.” 

Gretchen also is a 2014 Les Dames d’Escoffier Legacy Award winner and a 2019 Creative Nonfiction fellowship recipient. 

She is married to fellow Penn Stater Peter McKay, who for many years was a nationally syndicated humor columnist.