Joanna Stern and her wife, Michelle Katharine Barna, are a match made in heaven. Since tying the wedding knots in 2014, the pair is relishing their married life and also motherhood. They welcomed their son in 2017. 

They Met on Social Media 

Stern and her partner Michelle Katharine Barna met each other in 2009 via Twitter, a social network that may be an unconventional platform for many but a perfect medium for a social media expert and a technology journalist. 

Stern was searching for comments about the finale of the Showtime series, The L Word, when she stumbled upon Barna's humorous posts. Impressed with the humor, she checked her previous tweets and could relate to her persona. 


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Without delay, she followed her, and Barna also did the same. As the conversation started, they realized they had already talked to one another via email for professional matters. Their talk, however, didn't limit to Twitter. Around two weeks later, they started meeting at a Manhattan bar for a night out drinks.

Their friendship strengthened with time, and it only took them around five months to date.

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The pair continued the dating until Stern proposed to her partner in the most appropriate way. The duo was vacationing in Hawaii in November 2013, and Stern posted a surprising yet sweet tweet. She proposed to her girlfriend, saying Twitter seemed to be the right place to propose. 

Her partner also went along with her plan and gave her affirming answers via the reply. Off the digital stints, The Wall Street Journal columnist gave Barna the engagement ring, and the duo got engaged officially.

Had Their Son in 2017 

A year after the engagement, on September 14, 2014, Stern married her fiancée at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York. Their mutual friend, Rabbi Karen R. Perolman, officiated the wedding that was witnessed by friends and family. 


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The happiness of the married life doubled when the lovebirds welcomed their first child, a son named Noah, on June 10, 2017. Just days after her son's birth, Stern notified her fans that she couldn't post more due to her new duty of motherhood.

Indeed her son's arrival changed the duo's life. She even shared the same sentiment on her first Mother's Day. Posting a picture of her son, she cited how her life changed after he came in.

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Her Parents Are Close To her Child

From educating her, enabling her to stand on her feet and enrich her net worth to supporting her lesbian relationship, Stern's parents — father Daniel R. Stern and mother Susan S. Stern —have always been her guardians.

No wonder her parents share an affectionate bond with her son. Stern timely features the lovely bond on her Instagram.


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On June 21, 2020, she shared a picture of her son and her father having a fun time on Father's Day.