When I graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Washington in 1999, I had seven work-related internships under my belt. Some in PR, some in newspapers, but I found my passion was in news reporting and wanted to aim high. I didn’t want to start at a small newspaper. So I flew myself to Detroit where the Detroit Free Press was having a job fair, and got myself a real interview. They flew me back there, and 18 interviews and three timed tests later, I got the job. I was, at the time, one of the youngest reporters they ever hired. During my few years there, I covered the environment beat, and later, crime. One of the stories I am most proud of? I uncovered how a local coroner’s office was secretly selling organs.
I moved back to Seattle, where I worked at the Kitsap Sun covering city hall. That’s where I did much of my investigative work, such as this, and had the opportunity to grow the most as a writer and reporter. I always dreamed to live in New York so moved there in 2002 to get a magazine and book publishing certificate at NYU. After that, I worked at In Style and Parents.
I then worked as new-business development head at an advertising agency. I was a freelance magazine writer for a few years. One of my stories, for Latina magazine, entailed going undercover into a Boston high school to learn why half the students dropped out.
I was the editor-in-chief at a health startup founded by an Amazon former vice president. Then, I became editor-in-chief of Seattle Bride magazine. I spoke at convention center bridal events and TV talk shows. I taught Communications 359, Writing for Mass Media, at the University of Washington. I wrote, edited and project managed a travel guidebook (Northwest Best Places, published by Sasquatch Books) covering three states and dozens of writers.
My last job for five years was as a communications officer at the Skoll Foundation, wearing many hats at different times: Blogging, social media, ghostwriting, public-speaking coaching, and more.
I LOVE WHAT I DO
Have a presentation or sales pitch? Moderating a panel?
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Are you a PR firm who wants to know why a client isn’t getting much news coverage? Or a small business who wants to get on TV and in newspapers?
I can write or edit blogs, case studies, annual reports, web pages and more.
SOCIAL MEDIA COACHING
Are you an executive or a small-business owner who knows they should tweet but just don’t know where to begin? Do you have a Twitter account but want to make it better?
Because I was a traditional journalist for so long, I know how to tell a story.