Jessica Leigh Mattern

Jessica Leigh Mattern
Title: Senior Amazon Commerce Editor and Shopping Expert
Education: Drexel University, Syracuse University
Location: New York, NY
Expertise: Shopping, Product Launches, Consumer Trends

Jessica Leigh Mattern is the Senior Amazon Commerce Editor at Dotdash Meredith where she covers shopping, sales, product reviews, and trend reporting for Real Simple and PEOPLE. She’s the first of her kind in the commerce space, specializing in Amazon, the largest retailer in existence.

When she first joined the company, she worked in Meredith’s e-commerce newsroom for two years, covering the biggest shopping events of the year and new product launches. And prior to this, she covered news and lifestyle content for several brands. Her work has been published by outlets like Cosmopolitan, TIME, and Business Insider.

Highlights:

  • Specializes in Amazon news, writing hundreds of timely articles for various publications, including PEOPLE, Real Simple, InStyle, and Southern Living
  • Covered home and lifestyle for more than two years at CountryLiving.com
  • Contributed hundreds of articles in the lifestyle spacing, covering home, fashion, food, and celebrity

Experience

Jessica Leigh first began assisting shoppers in college when she worked as a personal shopper at Nordstrom. She spent years listening to needs and concerns, providing in-person consultations, and making product recommendations. During this time, she also studied and reported on trends in the industry as an undergraduate at Drexel University where she studied Fashion Design and Merchandising, contributing to academic journals and publications like Philadelphia Magazine. This evolved into news and trend reporting for various publications during her master's program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Publication Communications at Syracuse University. While completing her thesis, she worked as an assistant focusing on social media content and strategy at Cosmopolitan magazine.

Jessica pivoted to lifestyle content and celebrity news soon after, and stayed at Hearst, one of the country’s biggest magazine publishers, for four years. During this time, she worked on nearly every category: home, food, fashion, lifestyle, and wellness, including timely news reporting and longer lead evergreen feature stories. Her coverage included exclusive interviews with Chip and Joanna Gaines, among other lifestyle experts and HGTV stars, resulting in millions of unique page views.

Speaking with dozens of experts, studying social media trends, and writing multiple daily news stories for years, Jessica became an expert in the lifestyle space (particularly in home decor, design trends, and shopping). This became the foundation for her work at Dotdash Meredith where she now tests hundreds of products a year, writes the recurring I Shop Amazon for a Living series, and covers the latest shopping news for People.com, while leading a team of reporters who do the same. She’s passionate about empowering readers through stories that inform and inspire, and she hopes to spend her career studying the intersection of culture and shopping.

Education

Jessica Leigh graduated Magna Cum Laude from Philadelphia’s Drexel University where she studied art, design, and business through the university’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program. Shortly after, she earned a Master's of Arts in Magazines, Newspapers, and Online Journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

About Real Simple

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