Passionate and opinionated columnist, editor and fiction writer. Enthusiastic mom to boys ages 5 and 7, and passionate and opinionated wife. (Wait, did I say that already?)
In my previous life, I worked long (oh, so very long) hours in a corporate capacity, heading up the marketing department of one of the nation’s biggest real estate companies. As interesting as I found my work, it couldn’t stop the stories from begging to be written, so I traded sensible pumps for the comforts of the creative life. My novel WIP is RADIO HEAD. Learn more about it here.
Thankfully, the publishing world is filled with wickedly funny, curiously elegant, and motivating people, and I’ve had the good fortune of being published in countless magazines and websites, primarily focusing on non-fiction feature articles exploring family issues, eco-friendly living solutions, and food and nutrition.
My award winning culinary column has appeared in several channels including a celebrity cookbook, and I’ve contributed a regularly featured first-person vignette on fostering meaningful family life. My parenting blog became such a hot topic, I did a few TV appearances. (Hi mom!)
Contact me at rjlacko (at) gmail (dot) com, or on Twitter @TheRJLacko
KABC Channel 7 Morning show discussing how technology helps families stay connected.
The Doctors show, on CBS. Joining Dr. James Sears and Dr. Travis Stork to discuss infant potty training. Click to See me on The Doctors!
My blog, columns, short stories, and magazine features have appeared in:
WeBlogTheWorld.com – Regular Contributor
Chicago Sun Times
Post-Tribune – A member of Sun-Times Media
JLOCC Celebrity Cookbook
KABC Morning Show (Channel 7 in LA)
The Doctors (CBS)
Health Center Blog
San Diego Family Magazine
Automotive Body Repair News
Southern California Senior Life
San Diego Union-Tribune
About Families Magazine
Connecticut County Kids
Portland Family Magazine
Metro Family Magazine
Parenting New Hampshire
Parenting New England
Northwest Family News
MonaVie South Florida Network
Genesee Valley Parent
Skyline Art & Literary Magazine
The Good Word
One of the great joys of writing is connecting with people I would not otherwise meet, hearing and reporting on their personal stories, discoveries and triumphs. A good story depends on a writer’s ability to engage an interviewee with provocative, open-ended questions, peeling back layers until the heart of the story is revealed. Then, report it with integrity.
Here are a few recent comments that both motivate me and warm my heart!
Sheryl Matthys, Author of the book and creator of the blog LeashesandLovers.com
Wow – you are amazing. I love the story you did and I salute you because you did your homework, researched what I’ve done, and included a thorough yet easy to read analysis of my site and works. Bravo to you. You know how many top notch reporters even get the name Leashes and Lovers reversed? You went well beyond getting that fact correct and explained my business concisely and in a fun, interesting manner.
No wonder you feel pulled in many directions – you’re an excellent writer who can handle all types of subjects.
“I enjoyed reading blogger Rebecca Lacko’s account of using the Baby Signs program with her 13-month-old. I know that when I followed my daughter’s lead on readiness—and she wasn’t seriously interested in the potty at all until age 3—there were days when I was convinced she’d be wearing diapers to kindergarten.”
Parents, America’s #1 family magazine since 1926
“I read blogs about potty training all the time and I have to say that your entry today is one of the best-written reflections on the subject I’ve come across in a long time. I like your falling in love metaphor! Kudos to you for your gentle and positive handling of the matter and congratulations to your son on reaching this important milestone in his life!”
Director of Product Development, Baby Signs, Inc.
Press for Motherhood, Marriage & Other Wild Rides
“Parenting is important stuff, and if anyone can speak to the joy and fulfillment that comes from doing the “world’s toughest job,” it’s Ms. Lacko. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of her parenting essays. She manages to personalize what she writes, balancing research, conviction and humor without appearing dull, preachy or contrived.
So much of what you read in parenting magazines nowadays seems fired by the narcissistic drive to prove oneself a good mommy or daddy. By contrast, Rebecca’s family-oriented pieces celebrate the child and the “little things in life” that make their world truly wonderful, happy and empowering. It was only a matter of time before the media discovered her.”
Lobbying for the Open Road: New England Off-Road Outfitters Rewrite the Rules
Off-Road Business, November 2007
Story by Rebecca Jane Lacko
Photos by Joseph Lacko
“We think the article is great. We had a great time working with you, and just want to thank you both for making the trip out to Maine. Come back to Maine any time.”
Chris Mellin, partner, N.E. Off-Road Outfitters
“Thanks for an excellent piece on New England Outfitters! It really broke the mold in covering a business from a whole different angle. I like the way they carved a niche for themselves and fought for their customer base as opposed to simply going with the flow. I think our readers will find your piece not only relevant, but inspiring in facing their own obstacles.”
Building a Better Marketing Plan: Effective, Efficient and at The Right Price
Off-Road Business, September 2007
“Awesome! Great article! Keep up the good work.”
Steve Adams, owner, 316 Design