Lorna Reeves, the editor of TeaTime magazine, was introduced to the pleasures of afternoon tea at the Williamsburg Inn years ago, and it wasn’t long before tea drinking became an essential part her daily routine. Lorna graduated with honors from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and is fluent in Spanish, having spent her formative years in South America. She began her career at Hoffman Media in 1991 and was editor of Just CrossStitch, Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly, and Taste of the South for many years before trading needles and spatulas for teapots and teacups in her move to TeaTime in late 2009. (TeaTime received the award for Best Tea Publication at the 2014 and 2015 World Tea Awards.) Lorna has been a panelist and a panel moderator at World Tea Expo and speaks at tea festivals throughout the United States and Canada, as well as at women’s ministry events. While Lorna has studied with World Tea Academy and the Specialty Tea Institute, her travels to tea estates in Sri Lanka and India have given her new appreciation for the marvelous beverage and those who produce it. She had the pleasure of serving as editor for the 434-page book, Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea: Discovering Producing Regions and Their Teas, which won the 2019 World Tea Award for Best Tea Publication. Lorna and her husband, Brent, reside in Hoover, Alabama, and are the parents of two children, who are now adults.
Associate editor Katherine Ellis had her first cup of tea at the age of 18 while taking a trip abroad to explore the lovely sights of England before embarking on college adventures. And although her tastes have greatly expanded beyond that first sip of “English Breakfast,” she still returns to that familiar brew as a comforting cup that reminds her of the beginning of her tea journey. Katherine spent her childhood among the palm tree-lined streets of Palm Beach, Florida, but she fell in love with Southern hospitality when she attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. After time in New York City interning for a large book publisher and experience working for a local branding and design agency, she returned to her love of the publishing world and started at TeaTime as an Editorial Assistant. She since has grown with the team to become Associate Editor and is excited to see where her tea journey may lead. Katherine and her husband, Matt, reside in Birmingham, Alabama.