Ellie is a staff writer at Townhall who previously wrote as a senior contributor for The Federalist and a reporter for the Washington Examiner. Hailing from the great state of Virginia, Ellie attended New York University before delving into a first career as Sommelier and Wine Journalist, living in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. After 10 years in the wine industry, Ellie transitioned into political and cultural journalism. She is an avid home cook, a cocktail enthusiast, and happy to make a wine recommendation. Follow her on Twitter at @ellie_bufkin.