I've been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, with experience writing and editing for magazines, newspapers and websites. I primarily write about health and wellness now, but I’ve also written a lot about food, agriculture, parenting, and other lifestyle content. I have created content for a variety of brands. I also teach journalism and media courses at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
My non-work details: I'm the mom of two rambunctious but sweet-as-can-be boys (and one dog). I'm in love with mountains and trees, travel and books. I’m also a runner (one half-marathon down so far) and an enthusiastic consumer of good coffee/beer/vintage/food/music/stories. Lately, all I want to do is grow stuff in my garden and bake bread.
Want to know what a born journalist/weird kid I was? For starters, I called the family dog “Walter Cronkite” when I was little. (That was not his name.) I’d hide my red tape recorder under the dining room table to record my family’s conversations. (OK, maybe that was more spying than journalism.) Small-Town Angsty Teen Me devoured Sassy magazine in the ’90s.
As an undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh, I took journalism courses and was a newspaper stringer one summer. But when I read Susan Orlean’s 1992 Esquire story “The American Man at Age 10” in my first magazine-writing class, I thought: This is it. This is what I want to do with my life. I want to write stories like this. And that’s (mostly) what I’ve done. (I also have an MFA in nonfiction writing from Penn State.)
I have a knack for finding the humanity in every story I report and write, whether it's about kids coping with grief, teenage farmers, breast-cancer survivors or rattlesnake wranglers. I want my service stories to be people-focused, as well, by providing readers with info that’s useful, accurate and interesting.
The industry has changed A LOT from my early days, but some crucial elements haven’t: meeting deadlines, finding great sources, writing clean copy, being versatile, getting the facts right, and generally trying to make life easier for my editors and clients. That’s what I bring to the table. (Also bread.)