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 Britt Stafford had her first cup of tea at the age of 10 while taking a 10-day tour through Russia with her mother. And although her tastes have expanded beyond that first taste of black tea, she still favors a cup of hot Earl Grey, along with a good book—even in summer. Britt spent most of her childhood in San Diego, California, but she fell in love with Southern hospitality when she and her family moved to Texas, which she considers home. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. She comes to TeaTime from Dallas, where she worked for two community newspapers.