A freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina, Meg Freeman Whalen has written more than 220 articles for Charlotte magazine, The Charlotte Observer, and Charlotte Arts Magazine, including features, personality profiles, critical reviews, and previews. She served as contributing arts editor for Charlotte magazine from 2003 to 2007. Her short book, The Sound of Charlotte: The First 75 Years of the Charlotte Symphony, was published in January 2007. The first chapter of that book, "An Orchestra is Born," was reprinted in the anthology, Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas, published by Novello Press in 2008.
Scholarly articles include "From Salonière to Social Activist: Muriel Draper and the Popular Front," in the Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians, Vol. 6-7, Fall 1998-Fall 1999; "A Little Republic Filled with Grace: The Nineteenth-Century Music Salon," in Women of Note Quarterly Vol. 3, No.4, November 1995; and "Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's Sunday Musicales," in Women of Note Quarterly Vol. 2, No. 1, February 1994, reprinted in the Journal of the Conductors' Guild Vol. 14, no. 1, Winter/Spring 1993.
Since 1994, Whalen has taught music history and music appreciation courses at Queens University of Charlotte. She is currently the Director of Communications and External Relations for the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte.