Natalie Pompilio is an award-winning writer and editor based in Philadelphia.
Formerly a staff reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, and The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, Natalie still contributes to those publications and you'll also frequently find her work published by the Associated Press, The Washington Post, Thomson Reuters, The New Orleans Advocate and City & State's new Pennsylvania edition.
She is also a contributor to Haverford magazine, The Penn Stater, and Neurology Now.
Natalie reported from Baghdad in 2003 as the insurgency against US military operations began gathering force. Her work there was honored with a citation from Knight-Ridder.
She was in New Orleans in August 2005 before, during and after Hurricane Katrina as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Some of her work from that period was acknowledged by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is included in its "Best Newspaper Writing 2006" book.
In 2014, the Keystone Press Association said her Philadelphia City Paper, "Michael's Story," was the year's best feature article in its category. The article documented the unlikely relationship between a mother who lost her son to violence and one of the men responsible for his death.
Her strength is documenting the world through the eyes of ordinary people going about their lives — or facing extraordinary challenges. She has an eye for the telling detail and an ear for dialogue. She presents her subjects as themselves and not as characters.
Natalie is the coauthor of “More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell' (Temple University Press, 2006) and the self-published children's book "Philadelphia A to Z." She is currently working with Wilderness Press on a book of Philadelphia walking tours to be published in 2017.
Natalie is also busy with commercial and non-profit writing projects, including website content. She has handled large projects for the Campbell Soup Company and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In her free time, she'll have a book, a glue gun, or something else crafty in hand. She has created wall-sized mosaics using cut mirror and tiles in her Philadelphia neighborhood and elaborately decorated shoes as part of New Orleans' Krewe of Muses.