About TSG Cincinnati Editor mckenna brooks:

McKenna has been fortunate to live in many of the best cities across the U.S. and abroad, which has sparked her interest in supporting local. She grew up in Denver, and her education and career took her to San Francisco, Austin, and Minneapolis before she settled in Cincinnati. For the past 7 years she has called Cincy her home, and during this time she has fallen head-over-heels for the city.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, McKenna pursued roles in consulting and sales, and then received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she learned how to build brands and marketing strategies. She has spent the last 12 years doing just that for some of the biggest and most loved brands in the U.S., from Pillsbury to Totino’s, to Jergens and O’Keeffe’s, and ultimately to Simple Truth, a Kroger exclusive brand. On her career journey, McKenna has learned that she is most passionate about fueling the growth of smaller, entrepreneurial brands and businesses, and helping passionate business owners build their brands into those their customers fall in love with and can’t live without.

McKenna resides in Mariemont on the East Side of Cincinnati with her wonderful husband, John Brooks Jr., and three beautiful children, Jack, Adaline, and Austin (a furry Golden Retriever baby). She loves to explore all things Cincinnati, meet amazing entrepreneurs, and share her finds with the rest of the world. McKenna is also an avid runner and loves hitting the pavement and trails throughout the city and running the Flying Pig Marathon. She is extremely excited to share her favorite finds in the rapidly-growing Cincinnati region with others, and show the world the gems that exist in the Queen City!


mckenna’s three favorite reasons to visit Cincinnati: 

  1. The Food. “Whether it’s a Kale Caesar salad from Maplewood, a sushi roll from Embers, the Bolognese from Nicolla’s, or even a plate of “sloppy” chili over spaghetti noodles from Skyline, it’s all delicious here.”
  2. The running community. “You won’t believe the number of runners out hitting the pavement throughout the year until you see it. Thinking “I’m not a runner” isn’t an option in Cincinnati—there’s a group, trail, route, and water for everyone out there! Not to mention the best, most beautiful (and possibly most difficult) marathon in the country, The Flying Pig, which takes place the first weekend in May.”
  3. Microbeweries galore. “Cincinnati, a city with great German history, continues to evolve into a beer capital of the U.S. There are more than 30 breweries, brewpubs, and beer tours in the city. It’s been said, ‘If you like beer, you will love Cincinnati!’”

Words mckenna lives by:
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” —Maya Angelou