Riyana Straekter

Riyana Straetker

Senior Editor, Verywell Family




Syracuse University



Riyana has covered parenting, health, wellness, and lifestyle since her career began in 2014. Thereafter, she gained experience editing and recruiting A-list journalism talent across the New York city media landscape. As the senior editor for Verywell Family, she wants to combine her editorial experience and parenting background to create a digital community for every kind of parent at every stage.


Riyana has a B.S in Magazine Journalism, Marketing, and French from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Verywell Family Editorial Process

Verywell Family is an award-winning, modern resource that supports you through all the stages of pregnancy and parenthood. We take a human approach to health and wellness content and reach more than 140 million readers annually.

Our editorial team includes writers, editors, and fact checkers who make sure our information is clear, accurate, and useful so you can make confident choices for your family.

Our writers are notable voices in their respective disciplines, including board-certified physicians, registered nurses, lactation consultants, parenting experts, and health journalists. These individuals are specifically selected for their extensive knowledge and real-world experience, as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear, helpful, and unbiased way.

Our team of qualified and experienced fact checkers provide a critical step in our commitment to content integrity. Fact checkers rigorously review articles for accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We use only the most current and reputable primary references, including peer-reviewed medical journals, government organizations, academic institutions, and advocacy associations.

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