Emma Phelps

Emma Phelps

Emma Phelps is an Associate Commerce Editor who writes and edits under every commerce beat for The Spruce. Before joining the team in March 2022, she covered lifestyle, beauty, home, and politics for multiple digital outlets including Southern Living, The Collegian, and The Capital News Service.


  • Emma has spoken to experts in laundry care, home cleaning and organization, beauty, home maintenance, and gardening and agriculture.
  • She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Leadership Studies from University of Richmond.
  • She has five years of experience working on both sides of publishing from a public relations and journalistic perspective.


Emma is a passionate and creative lifestyle writer who has contributed to several digital outlets, including Southern Living, The Collegian, and Here Weekly. She started writing for her college newspaper during her freshman year and became an Editorial Fellow for Southern Living after graduating from University of Richmond with a leadership studies and journalism degree in 2021. As someone who’s passionate about balancing luxury and budget items in her home, she’s always searching for products that make the day-to-day feel simple and affordable but also fabulous.

She joined The Spruce in 2022 as an updates writer to assist senior editors across the brand in producing the most up-to-date and accurate information on all commerce content. She currently edits home and lifestyle commerce content for The Spruce, and she also assists with research and ideation for building monthly assignments.

Her work focuses on lifestyle, culture, and home beats and typically has a conversational, yet informative tone. When she’s not writing about—and testing—the best products for every part of your home, she stays busy with sewing projects and collecting antiques. Between representing high-end boutique brands and writing about local small businesses, she’s passionate about finding the best quality products for every need in life.


Emma received her Bachelor of Arts in leadership studies and journalism from University of Richmond in 2021. During college, she studied abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland, led the lifestyle section of her university’s newspaper, interned for a boutique PR firm, and conducted research for non-fiction author Shahan Mufti.

Other Works:

Expertise: Journalism and Leadership Studies
Education: University of Richmond
Title: Associate Commerce Editor

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