Kelly Hodgkins

Hailing from New England, Kelly Hodgkins is a backpacking and hiking guru who enjoys spending time with her children in the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. With a background in science and technology, she brings digital know-how to her backcountry ramblings.


  • Kelly has written for Digital Trends, Greenbelly and formerly MacRumors, TUAW, BGR, and Gizmodo
  • She started writing for The Spruce in December 2018
  • She specializes in topics related to outdoor gear, technology, and family


Kelly started writing online for BGR over a decade ago covering smartphones and mobile technology. She transitioned into writing about Apple-related news and products, heading up the app review section at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), which was assimilated into Engadget in 2015. Now she has found her niche writing about outdoor gear, technology, and family.


Kelly has her bachelor's in Biology from Loyola University Maryland and was a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire.

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About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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