Lifestyle Writer, ABC News
Joi-Marie McKenzie is an entertainment and lifestyle writer for ABC News. She is also the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, The Engagement Game: Why I Said ‘I Don’t’ to Marriage and ‘I Do’ to Me.
McKenzie is also the creator of The Fab Empire, an award-winning web site that covers society, politics, celebrities and events in the U.S. Previously, she has contributed ABC Radio, The Afro American Newspaper, Clutch Magazine, NBC New York and NBC Washington.
In 2015, Black Enterprise called McKenzie “the voice of reason for young influencers.” Two years before that, Washington City Paper called her one of 20 people who “make D.C. what it is,” and in 2012 she was named one of six D.C. tastemakers to know by the Washington Post.
Previously, McKenzie was named one of “30 Black Women Bloggers You Should Know” by For Harriet and was listed as one of Clutch Magazine’s Top 50 Amazing Tech Tastemakers of 2010.
McKenzie is an in-demand panelist and workshop facilitator. She has spoken at Columbia University, University of Maryland, LIM College, Blogger Week, and Blogalicious.
McKenzie is a graduate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and University of Maryland, College Park.
McKenzie is the product of a Christian home, being the youngest daughter of Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, as well as Episcopal Supervisor Stan McKenzie, former player in the National Basketball Association.