Valerie Nikolas - The Knot Contributor.

Valerie Nikolas

The Knot Contributor
  • Valerie is a freelance contributor for The Knot Worldwide.
  • In addition to journalistic writing, Valerie also works as a marketing copywriter.
  • Valerie has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Though not necessarily a “COVID bride,” Valerie’s 2021 nuptials taught her a thing or two about wedding planning. In writing and in life, things don’t always go according to plan—but spontaneity is often what makes life beautiful. Valerie’s goal is to share this message with anyone getting married to help them reduce stress and focus on what matters most.

Valerie is a writer, creator, and editor with eight years of experience in journalism, communications, and content strategy. While much of her previous work focuses on health and science, her contributions to The Knot Worldwide range from wedding planning to lifestyle and relationships.


Valerie has been a writer all her life (or at least since she declared so at her 5th grade graduation). What began with journals chronicling family vacations and celebrity crushes eventually led to a career in writing and content creation.

A Chicago area native, Valerie landed her first writing gig during undergrad at DePaul University. Upon graduation, she worked in communications and PR for a local hospice, which instilled in her a deep respect for life’s most important moments.

Valerie went back to school to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. Since then, she’s contributed both short- and long-form content for a variety of publications, specializing in mental health and well-being. In her role as a copywriter, Valerie creates persuasive copy that delivers on clients’ goals.

When she’s not writing, Valerie lives for live music, biking around Chicago, and aerial hoop.


Valerie holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University, from which she graduated in 2019, and a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University.

Awards & Associations

  • In 2021, Valerie was awarded the American Osteopathic Association’s MORE Award for her coverage of the backlog of orthopedic surgeries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For her work as a copywriter in 2020, Valerie was recognized with an agency award for passion, innovation, teamwork, and vulnerability.
  • As a Comer Scholar at Northwestern, Valerie was selected to report on climate change and sustainability.