Student, Michigan State University, 1979-1983; student, University Washington, 1984.
She has worked at The New York Times since 2004. In 2014, she joined the Times new digital cooking initiative and began reporting on national food news and trends. Previously, she spent nearly four years as the Southern bureau chief for the Times, covering news and politics in the Southeast.
Previously, she worked as a food writer at the Times and for six years before that at the San Francisco Chronicle.
She spent seven years as an editor and reporter at the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska. She has also covered crime, education, social services and government for daily newspapers on the West Coast.
Severson served as vice-president of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. She has written about the economic and cultural impact of being a lesbian without the benefits of legal marriage.
Severson"s latest book, Cook Fight, was co-authored with Julia Moskin, a New York Times food writer, and was published by Ecco Press Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2012.
Her memoir, Spoon Federation: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, was published by Riverhead Press on April 15, 2010. A new edition of her first cookbook, The New Alaska Cookbook, came out in June 2009. Her first book, The Transport Fat Solution: Cooking and Shopping to Eliminate the Deadliest Fat from Your Diet, was published by Ten Speed Press in 2003.
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Member National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association (chapter coordinator since 1992), Society Professional Journalists, Alaska Press Club (vice president).