Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and bestselling author, is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information and a guide for all aspects of everyday living — cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets.
Martha Stewart's Cooking School premieres on Create in January 2013, and is the newest addition to MSLO’s expansive portfolio of television programming, which over the years has been recognized with 18 Emmy Awards including back-to-back Emmys for outstanding lifestyle show in 2010, 2011 and a nomination this year in the same category.
Her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, founded in 1996, reaches approximately 66 million consumers across all media platforms each month and has a growing retail presence with 8,500 products in numerous retail locations. In addition, the company’s multimedia offerings encompass award-winning magazines, bestselling books, innovative websites and many digital apps.
Raised in Nutley, New Jersey, in a family with six children, Martha developed her passion for cooking, gardening and homekeeping at an early age. Her mother taught her the basics of cooking, baking, canning, and sewing; her father introduced her to gardening at the age of three. Martha earned a bachelor’s degree in history and architectural history at Barnard College. Upon graduating, she became a stockbroker on Wall Street, where she gained her early business training. After moving to Westport, Connecticut, in 1972, she developed a catering business that showcased her remarkable talent and originality. Her unique visual presentation of food and the elegant recipes she created for her catered events were the basis for her first book, Entertaining, published in 1982. Entertaining was the first of 77 books, many of which are bestsellers, including Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook and Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. The latter is the inspiration for the new weekly television series, Martha Stewart's Cooking School, debuting on Create this January.
The Company’s merchandising offerings include the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, the Martha Stewart Collection of home products at Macy’s, the Martha Stewart Home Office line with Avery at Staples, Martha Stewart Pets products at PetSmart, Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Martha Stewart Clean with Hain, among others. MSLO recently entered into a strategic alliance with J.C. Penney Company, Inc., which includes a merchandising agreement to build distinct Martha Stewart stores in jcpenney department stores, and to jointly develop an e-commerce site, both of which are expected to launch in 2013.
Martha Stewart founded the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2007.