Categories: Corner of Change

Corner of Change: Helen Cordes

A lifelong journalist and resident of Georgetown for 30 years, Helen Cordes brings a fascinating perspective on life and Georgetown to this conversation. In particular, she shares about the power of stories and her website,, which is a treasure full of Georgetown stories – most of them little known and seldom recognized, and yet instrumental to who Georgetown is today!

Helen is a journalist, editor, and author. Favorite jobs include being a reporter at a county daily newspaper in Maryland and being an editor at the national magazine Utne Reader magazine as well as much freelance work. Helen's website,, focuses on the contributions of Georgetown women and other often overlooked Georgetown community members. Helen has written often about issues surrounding women and girls, including two books that help girls realize their potential.

She and her family have lived in Georgetown for 30 years. She has volunteered in their two daughters' schools, including public schools and the Community Montessori School. Helen continues to volunteer to provide nonpartisan information about voting and registering voters through the Wilco League of Women Voters.