Meet the Press

Dardis McNamee — Editor in Chief, Publisher

Dardis McNamee is Editor in Chief of The Vienna Review. In her long career in journalism she has been a correspondent for, among others, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler in New York, and for the Wall Street Journal Europe and Die Zeit in Vienna, as well as a speechwriter to two US ambassadors to Austria.

She is a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Music and Political Science and a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna in Contemporary History, where she is researching the influence of public relations on 20th century politics and the causes of war.

She is a former Research Professor of Media Communications at Webster University Vienna where she was awarded the 2007 Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching for Webster Worldwide and in 2010 was granted Austrian Citizenship of Honor “for outstanding contributions to the Austrian Republic.”

She is the co-author of the 2011 Frommer’s Vienna and the Danube Valley. She has lived in Vienna for 16 years.

TVR stories by Dardis McNamee


Margaret Childs — Managing Editor

Margaret (Maggie) Childs is the Managing Editor at The Vienna Review. Born in New York, she has lived in Vienna for 15 years. She has been a freelance travel- and feature-writer for publications such as Condé Nast TravellerGig MagazineEurope for Dummies and various in-flight magazines. She has reviewed Vienna’s restaurants for ZAGAT and also co-authored Frommer’s Complete Guide for Austria 2011 and Frommer’s Vienna and the Danube Valley 2011.

For the past 7 years, she has been a stringer for The Associated Press Vienna office and has worked as a TV correspondent for Press TV, in both cases with a focus on energy issues (IAEA, OPEC).

She has a Magister in Philosophy from the University of Vienna, with a concentration on Philosophy of Economics.

TVR stories by Margaret Childs


Alice Miller  – Associate Editor

ackmAlice Miller is the associate editor of The Vienna Review, and a poet and writer from New Zealand. She arrived in Vienna last November.
Alice’s writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Best New Zealand Poems, The Iowa Review, and The American Scholar. She has an MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow. Her first poetry collection will be published by Shearsman Books and Auckland University Press in March.






Philippe Schennach – Online Editor and Social Media

Bildschirmfoto 2013-10-18 um 17.39.27Philippe Schennach has been a regular contributor to The Vienna Review since February 2012. His areas of interest include politics, international relations, international development, history and economics.
A native of Vienna, he holds a BA in Politics and International Studies from Warwick University, UK, where he was Talks Organiser for the Warwick International Development Summit 2009. After doing his civil service and working as an English teacher in Zhengzhou and Nanjing, China, he returned to Vienna in June 2012 and started his MA in Political Science, concentrating on East Asian Economics and Society.

His travels over the past couple of years have taken him around the world through China and Indonesia, Ghana and Nigeria, Chile and Argentina and to most of the countries of Europe.
He is fluent in English and German, and can communicate in Chinese.

TVR stories by Philippe Schennach

Franziska Zoidl – Online Events Editor

IMG_4765Franziska Zoidl  has been a regular contributor to The Vienna Review since March 2013. Born and raised in Ottensheim in Upper Austria, she moved to Vienna to complete an undergraduate degree in Media and Communications and a Magister in English and American Studies at the University of Vienna, and – hopelessly in love with the English language – she studied abroad for a year at the University of Toronto in Canada. In addition, she has recently completed her master’s in Journalism and New Media at FH Wien.

Besides her articles for the Vienna Review, some of her German articles have been published on, in the Oberösterreichische Nachrichten and the Falter, and her personal and professional highlight so far has been to experience and cover the American presidential elections for several media from Washington D.C. in 2012.

TVR stories by Franziska Zoidl

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