Natalie Hope McDonald


Natalie Hope McDonald is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. You can reach her at and on Twitter @NatalieMcD.

August 8, 2019


Ex-cadet sues Valley Forge Military Academy, alleging abuse

A former cadet at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College is suing the Wayne-based boarding school, alleging he was repeatedly abused and bullied as a teenager in 2016 and 2017.

June 4, 2019

Adult Health

Second-ever LGBT State of the Union champions progress, considers new controversies

The LGBT community in Philadelphia on Monday night heard about new programs, lingering controversies and continuing efforts to protect their rights during the annual State of the Union presented by the city's Office of LGBT Affairs.

May 27, 2019

Alternative Medicine

Everything you need to know about navigating the world of medical marijuana in Philly

With several dispensaries breaking new ground in both Philadelphia and South Jersey, and a dedicated university hospital program welcoming new patients, the medical marijuana experience here at home is finally shedding its stigma and getting the product to the people. Here's what you need to know.

November 16, 2018


Pushing PrEP: Planned Parenthood targets gay men and heterosexual women

Philadelphia sees about 700 new cases of HIV each year – and these are just the ones being reported, according to the most recent City of Philadelphia Surveillance Report.

October 23, 2018

Health Stories

Local outrage, fear over Trump Administration's transgender proposal

In what many are calling one of the most dramatic government efforts to roll back protections for transgender people in the United States, a memo first reported by The New York Times this weekend revealed that the Trump administration may be working to revise the legal definition of gender by essentially negating claims of gender identity in favor of biological determinations.

October 1, 2018

The Arts

King Britt ushers in the next big thing in public art: augmented reality murals

Created in collaboration with students from Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Art Education program, world-known D.J. and Philly’s native son King Britt, along with artist Joshua Mays, teamed up to create a new sound and visual experience that challenges everything we may have thought we knew about public art. Called “Dreams, Diaspora and Destiny,” this futuristic multimedia experience is helping to define the future of Mural Arts in Philly.

August 28, 2018


A peek inside Gabe Kapler’s plush new Center City condo

When Lauren and Wendy Nolan-Seller began remodeling their Philadelphia area home in 2010, they had no idea that in less than two years they would be operating their own interior design and home staging company.

August 16, 2018

Food and Drink

The next big thing in Philly cuisine: meatless eats

Philly is fast becoming a vegetarian food capital thanks to popular eateries like Vedge, Hip City, Bar Bombon and V Street – each of which has each helped to put the city on the map in terms of plant-based delights. While most of these hot spots tend to attract an array of carnivores looking for the strange, not to mention herbivores hoping for a change from the same old salad and pasta dishes, truth is, a slew of restaurants that may be best known for meaty fare are striking out with tasty new plant-based dishes.

July 18, 2018


A Q&A with the Marble Faun of Grey Gardens legend

Jerry Torre talks about what it was like to work at the famous Grey Gardens, meeting Jackie O and the real women behind the legendary documentary that became a cult classic

June 29, 2018


Barrymore Awards bids goodbye to gender IDs

A few new changes will accompany the launch of the 2018-19 Barrymore Awards season on July 1. The Barrymore Awards, produced by Theatre Philadelphia, spotlights top talent from the live stage throughout the region. And this year, Executive Director Leigh Goldenberg says that one of the most notable changes is removing gender identifiers from the award categories.

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