Missy Keenan

Missy Keenan

Missy Keenan is a freelance writer and editor based in Des Moines, Iowa. Missy’s writing, editorial, and project management experience spans more than two decades ranging from managing corporate website redesigns to editing health magazine content to writing hundreds of stories on health, human interest, home and garden, and family life.


  • Missy’s articles have appeared in national and regional publications including Do It Yourself, Secrets of Getting Organized, Glamour Magazine, USA Today, The Iowan, Iowa Gardening, The Des Moines Register, and DSM Magazine.
  • Away from work, Missy enjoys gardening, home design, walking her dog around the neighborhood while listening to audiobooks, and volunteering for her local neighborhood revitalization efforts. Missy is a Master Gardener and she and her husband are remodeling their 100-year-old Craftsman bungalow in Des Moines.


Missy spent two decades in various publications management and digital content management roles. For the last eight years, Missy has been a freelance writer and editor with an emphasis on home and garden. Missy enjoys putting products to the test herself—whether that’s discovering the strength of her garden hose by accidentally running over it in the driveway, staging home battles to determine which robot vacuum brand is the most effective, or bravely snuggling under various weighted blankets to establish once and for all which is the coziest.

Favorite Purchase

Missy’s favorite home purchase is a tossup—either her weighted blanket or the pair of robot vacuums that gobble up dust bunnies while Missy stays cozy on the couch.


Missy has a magazine journalism degree from Drake University. She’s also a Master Gardener and a Certified Usability Analyst.

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