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Cara is a freelance journalist, researcher, and professor. She is currently a research fellow for Center for an Urban Future and a contributing writer for Crain's New York and has experience in business reporting, multimedia production, editorial planning and project management, food history reseach, and web publishing. She is the author of In the Small Kitchen (William Morrow, May 2011) and the founder of Big Girls, Small Kitchen. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in literature, she holds a master of arts in business journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (now called Newmark). She teaches about New York City's economy at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and about reporting and journalism ethics at Lehman College.