Allaire Nuss

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Allaire Nuss is a lifelong writer and associate entertainment + home editor of performance content across Dotdash Meredith brands. That's a long-winded way of saying she researches and reviews various services for lots of magazines. There are few things Allaire is more passionate about than art, and she considers it an honor that words pay her bills.

Outside of work, Allaire lives in ILK HAUS, an arts collective in Des Moines, Iowa that hosts readings, concerts, and other creative events by good people. She also publishes a quarterly zine about arts in Des Moines for the collective. Originally from the outskirts of Kansas City, Allaire is a long-time supporter of grassroots arts spaces there, including Parker 2, a DIY music venue that hosted everything from poetry slams to punk shows.

- Awarded Feature Story of the Year for “The Light Side of the Moon” by the National Student Press Association Pacemaker Awards, 2021
- Winner in the Hearst Feature Writing Competition for “The Wake of Cancelled Culture,” 2020
- Published work in People, Entertainment Weekly, and elsewhere


Most of Allaire's writing career has focused on entertainment topics. She covered arts and culture for dsm Magazine as an intern and is the creator behind "Dead Moines," a podcast and audible case study of live music in Iowa’s capital. She also interned with a variety of small book presses throughout college, working directly with independent authors from all over the country.

After graduation, Allaire joined Meredith as a staff writer for Daily Paws, covering pet news and entertainment. She later transitioned to Meredith's performance content team, writing reviews for everything from wine subscriptions to fitness trackers. In 2022, Allaire was promoted to associate entertainment + home editor on Dotdash Meredith's performance content team. She now spends her days writing about the latest happenings in streaming services and evaluating home products so that you don't have to.

Allaire's work appears in People, Entertainment Weekly, Daily Mail, Health, Shape, Food & Wine, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Parents, MyRecipes, Daily Paws, The Spruce, dsm Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, and elsewhere.


Allaire graduated cum laude from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Drake University with degrees in Writing and Magazine Media. She held multiple editorial positions over those four years, most notably being the managing editor of Drake Magazine, a Pacemaker award-winning publication. It was there that she discovered her passion for long-form journalism and began writing entertainment features. Her story "The Wake of Cancelled Culture," about how fans proceed after their favorite artists are ousted, won the 2020 Hearst Feature Writing Competition. Her subsequent feature "The Light Side of the Moon," advocating for the decriminalization of psychedelic drugs, won Feature Story of the Year in 2021 from the National Student Press Association Pacemaker Awards, the largest conference of collegiate journalists in the world.

Expertise: Streaming services, gaming services, music streaming, local arts initiatives
Education: Drake University
Location: Des Moines, IA
Title: Associate Entertainment + Home Editor

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