Curiosity, journalism skills and luck have allowed me to explore eclectic topics in my freelance writing and editing career, ranging from how food and dining can change gentrification to the shortage of hotel rooms in Music City. I have a soft spot for the southeast. I write about western Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, with an emphasis on Nashville, where I live. I love to get outdoors. I write, edit and consult for several custom publishing companies.
I have decades of experience telling stories for an interesting cross-section of publications, including: Entrepreneur, Chicago magazine, the LA Times, USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Crain’s Chicago Business, Time Out Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, Marketing News, Rolling Stone Country, Executive Travel, Orbitz, the Nashville Scene, University Business, The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles, Working Mother, Mademoiselle, Teen, Sky and many others. I write guidebooks under the Moon imprint.
Before freelance writing, I worked for the Rochester Business Journal, Prepared Foods, and as a researcher for the Chicago bureau of Forbes. I was executive editor at Mobil Travel Guide.
For more than a decade, I was a contributing editor for Chain Leader magazine. I covered breaking advertising campaigns of restaurant chain in the U.S.
I have a B.A. in fine arts from Vanderbilt University and an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and have taken courses at the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management. In my free time, I hit the water on a stand-up paddleboard. I am working toward paddling in all 50 states and run Nashville Paddle Co. I dig in gardens, organize and compete in dragon boat races, make hand-blocked hats, and take a lot of mental notes.
I am a member and past board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a two-time finalist for the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award. My article on at-home pet first aid for Woman’s Day magazine won the Dog Writers Association of America general interest magazine Maxwell award in 2002. I was chair of the 2001 Writers & Editors One-on-One Conference. I am a past member of the board of directors of Friends of the Forest Preserves and a past trustee of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado, Tennessee CASA, the Tennessee Clean Water Network, and the Cumberland River Compact, where I chaired Nashville’s annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival for several years. I was honored with the Compact’s Tributarian Award in 2014.
I am regularly interviewed for TV, radio and print publications. Past appearances have included: SUP Radio Show, WGN Midday News, National Geographic Traveler and others.