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Shannon Godfrey-Johnson

About Me

As the Marketing Director for Virginia State Parks, I manage marketing, advertising and public relations for the 36 award winning Virginia State Parks. Before calling Virginia home, I worked for top media companies in New York City including Time Warner Corporate, Reader's Digest Inc., and Conde' Nast where I supported advertising and sales through marketing, promotions, event planning, and brand development.

Before focusing my career on marketing and brand development, I was an event and wedding planner and fashion show producer. That was when I was cool.

In addition to my love for marketing and event planning, I am a passionate foodie and television host. As a freelance food critic for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, I am falling in love with Virginia one restaurant at a time, and able to give my take on the food I taste along the way. As a part time television host and red carpet reporter, I hit the red carpet to interview celebrities attending events and concerts, and have developed two web-based shows -- I prepare recipes in Virginia State Park cabins using local fish, meat, and produce, and I highlight local and national hot spots that I suggest viewers visit to eat, shop and be entertained.

My most important jobs however, are that of Mommy and Wife to my three year old son and hubby Che Jr and Che Sr.

If I could wave a magic wand to create the perfect job that would combine my expertise and passions, I would eat my way through every country, writing and vlogging (video blogging) about restaurants and hidden gems I discover along the way. Of course getting paid enough to have my two favorite guys, my family, by my side. And with enough down time to finally write the three books I have been writing in my head for years.

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