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  Dawn Reiss
Professional/Personal Overview
  I'm a versatile writer, reporter and editor. I'm known for breaking news, writing travel stories, business profiles and in-depth features, but throw any subject at me and I'll make it accurate, interesting and relevant. I've written for TIME magazine/Time.com, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Travel + Leisure, U.S. News & World Report and 30+ outlets. I covered the trial of Rod Blagojevich, eaten crickets in Cambodia, gone dog-sledding in Alaska and interviewed the likes of Maya Angelou and Justin Bieber. I've also managed a stable of in-house writers and freelancers, served as the managing editor of two national monthly B2B magazines during a redesign, and served as president of the largest nonprofit journalism board in Chicago.

I'm a strong researcher and interviewer who can get anyone to talk about anything. After starting my career as a sports reporter at the Dallas Morning News and St. Petersburg Times, I still enjoy the competitive nature of any industry.
Work Info
Content Editor (online) 14 Years
Editor 16 Years
Reporter 16 Years
Business (general) 15 Years
Education 13 Years
Travel 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Chicago Sun-Times (11+), Chicago Tribune (11+), American Express OPEN Small Business (11+), Chicago Magazine (11+), Michigan Avenue magazine (11+), MondoExplorer.com (11+), TIME and Time.com (11+), True/Slant.com (11+), U.S. News & World Report (11+), USA Today (11+), Time Out Chicago (6-10), Today's Chicago Woman (6-10), HowStuffWorks.com (6-10), District Administration magazine (6-10), Chicago Parent magazine (3-5), AAA Living magazine (3-5), Indiana University Alumni Magazine (3-5), Nursing Outlook, American Academy of Nursing (3-5), Reuters (3-5), Saturday Evening Post (3-5), Teen Sensations (3-5), HD Living (3-5), Travel + Leisure magazine (1-2), Triathlete magazine (1-2), Wealth magazine (1-2), University of Chicago Alumni magazine (1-2), The Atlantic (1-2), St. Louis magazine (1-2), Sail-World.com (1-2), Orange magazine (1-2), Plate magazine (1-2), Journal of Property Management (1-2), Life & Style magazine (1-2), Metromix.com (1-2), MSN.com (1-2), Newsweek.com (1-2), Milwaukee magazine (1-2), American Builders Quarterly (1-2), Chicago Reader (1-2), American Way (1-2), AOL.com (1-2), BD+H (1-2), Boys' Life (1-2), Chicago Home + Garden (1-2), Food Fanatics (1-2), Crain's Chicago Business (1-2), Cincinnati Magazine (1-2), CNN.com (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Connect magazine (11+), Connect Sports (3-5)
Other Work History
- Managing Editor, Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines
- Editor/Content Producer, Imagination Publishing
- Staff Writer, St. Petersburg Times(recruited and managed 10-15 freelancers)
- Associate Editor, DFW Sports Weekly
- Staff Writer, Dallas Morning News
- Book Author, Publications International (Co-wrote book, Armchair Reader: Chicago about quirky, off-beat things in the Windy City.
Computer Skills
CMS including: Wordpress, Drupal; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc..); Adobe Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign;
Technical Skills
AP and AMA style guides; Mac, PC, InCopy and Microsoft Office skills; Avid, Flip Video editing, SEO, Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, blogging, audio recording and editing including podcasts scripts, photographer and iPhone apps
Samson X4N Zoom Handy Recorder (radio quality recording), Laptop, Flip camera, iPhone, digital camera: (high-quality Cannon), Olympus digital recorder (with USB port to quickly upload files)
Foreign Language Skills
some spanish
Work Permits & Visas
Have passport, will travel
Available on request. Please see LinkedIn profile.
Finalist; Society of Professional Peter Lisagor Award for Best In-Depth Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting 2011, Time Out Chicago magazine.
Winner; Society of Professional Peter Lisagor Award winner for Best Breaking News Story 2010, Time.com
Won first place in Florida Society of Professional Journalisms 2006 Awards of Excellence competition in 100,000+ circulation light feature category.
Part of St. Petersburg Times staff that earned Associate Press Sports Editors 2004 Top 10 Best Sports Section for over 250,000 circulation.
Contributed to the Fort Worth Star-Telegrams Associate Press Sports Editors 2000 Top 10 Best Sports Section for over 250,000 circulation with a sports section in-depth take-out story about cancer-surviving cyclist.
1998 Thomas Keating Feature Writing Competition Finalist for Indianapolis Press Club.
President and two-term board member, Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists Chapter in the Country. Directed and supervised non-profit board of 24 journalists and a club of more than 400 members and $134,000 in reserve. Championed Freedom of Information issues, managed professional programming, student scholarships, wrote and assisted with Watchdog grant application. During presidency, the Headline Club earned National Outstand Large Professional Chapter Award (2008-09) out of 75+ chapters. Orchestrated Chicagos largest media awards banquet, the Peter Lisagor Awards, with more than 280+ attendees and included a multimedia experience with a PowerPoint presentation, video, photos and Twitter updates. Also co-founder of SPJs National Freelance Committee.

Member, ASJA (2008 inductee), Association for Women Journalists and Chicago Women in Publishing.
Trained member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Adjunct magazine professor, DePaul University

Book author, Armchair Reader: Chicago

Columbia College, Loyola University journalism guest lecturer. Topics include: Freelancing, Reporting & Writing, How to Get a Job in Journalism, Feature Writing, Writing and Marketing News.

Speaking engagements: ASJA's Content Connections, November 2013; Making Media Connections Conference, Chicago, Ill. June 2009, 2010 and 2011; Social Media Panel, Chicago, Ill. May 2009; How to Pitch a Journalist, Community Media Workshop, Chicago, Ill. February 2009; Freelancing: Liability, Performance and Pay, Chicago Women in Publishing, Chicago, Ill. February 2008; Moderator and Organizer: How to Break into Freelancing, the Business of Freelancing; Society of Professional Journalist National Conference. New York 2004.

B.A. in journalism from Indiana University.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Chicago, IL. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(FW: Chicago, 11/19/2015)
Want to know what it's really like to be a Syrian refugee in Chicago?
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 11/18/2015)
Seventy-five years ago, coaching legend George Halas led the Chicago Bears to the most lopsided victory in NFL history-and changed the game of football as we know it.
(Connect Sports magazine, 11/3/2015)
How the business of sports is evolving when it comes to sports tourism.
(FoodService Director magazine, 9/15/2015)
After finding sources and implementing a 50-person Chefs Council for the magazine, I interviewed three industry experts each month about top-of-mind business trends in the noncommercial foodservice industry.
(FoodService Director magazine, 8/15/2015)
After finding sources and implementing a 50-person Chefs Council for the magazine, I interviewed three industry experts each month about top-of-mind business trends in the noncommercial foodservice industry.
(FoodService Director magazine, 8/15/2015)
Interviewed industry experts and ghostwrote monthly business-focused columns on their behalf.
(FoodService Director magazine, 8/15/2015)
Interviewed industry experts and ghostwrote monthly business-focused columns on their behalf.
(FoodService Director magazine, 7/15/2015)
As the managing editor, worked with the associate editor to procure tips and ideas for this page that was part of FoodService Director's redesign; the magazine was overhauled and relaunched in June 2015 in less than three months.
(FoodService Director magazine, 7/15/2015)
After finding sources and implementing a 50-person Chefs Council for the magazine, I interviewed three industry experts each month about top-of-mind business trends in the noncommercial foodservice industry.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 7/15/2015)
Sixty years ago, Marilyn Monroe traveled to Bement, Illinois, in honor of the town's centennial and her all-time idol, President Abraham Lincoln.
(FoodService Director magazine, 6/15/2015)
Interviewed industry experts and ghostwrote monthly business-focused columns on their behalf.
(FoodService Director magazine, 6/15/2015)
After finding sources and implementing a 50-person Chefs Council for the magazine, I interviewed three industry experts each month about top-of-mind business trends in the noncommercial foodservice industry.
(Chicago magazine, 3/1/2015)
Our fourth annual list of the Chicagoans who have the most clout-and why
(USA Today, 1/23/2015)
TURIN, ITALY -- For most foodies, it doesn't get much better than coffee and chocolate. In Italy, one of the best places to go for such a decadent mix is Torino.
(Newsmax, 3/1/2015)
Once one of the nation's most powerful men, Rahm Emanuel is now fighting for political survival.
(Evansville Courier & Press, 8/26/2014)
CHICAGO - More than 200 people, including Evansville police officer Karen Vaughn-Kajmowicz and her wife Tammy, arrived at 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Tuesday to hear the arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.
(Reuters, 8/12/2014)
JOLIET Ill. (Reuters) - An Illinois woman who helped plan a robbery that led to a double murder and who spent the stolen cash on cigarettes should be found guilty of murder, the prosecution said on Tuesday in closing arguments at a trial in the Chicago suburb of Joliet.
(Reuters, 8/7/2014)
JOLIET Ill. (Reuters) - The star witness in the trial of a grisly double murder that shocked veteran police officers in the Chicago suburb of Joliet testified on Thursday how she and her friends planned to rob their two male victims.
(Evansville Courier & Press, 2/19/2014)
Whether a proposed display last year of crosses on Evansville's publicly-owned Downtown riverfront constituted a government endorsement of religion or of Christianity over other religions were issues Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
(Today's Chicago Woman, 8/2/2012)
More than 4,000 backlogged rape kits have been turned in to Illinois state police. The oldest dates back to 1978. Now, 22 percent have been found a DNA match in FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database, which tracks DNA of criminals and will likely link a rape victim with a suspect.
(TIME/Time.com, 12/7/2011)
With his back to the courtroom, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich stood before Judge James Zagel and whispered meekly as hundreds of eyes followed the sound of his voice.
(Time Out Chicago, 10/13/2011)
Cover story for Time Out Chicago. At 333 miles, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. The grueling two-and-a-half or three-day slog requires crews to sleep in shifts every two or four hours in the beating rain, scorching sun and bitter co
(TIME/Time.com, 6/27/2011)
Two weeks ago, as the prosecution made its final points in his corruption trial, a pale Rod Blagojevich listened nervously while his wife Patti looked on, sullen and indignant, from the bench, the arms of her brother around her. It was as if they could feel what was coming.
(TIME/Time.com, 6/3/2011)
"Mr. Blagojevich, you are a convicted liar, right?" U.S. assistant attorney Reid Schar boomed into the courtroom late that afternoon. And in response, Blagojevich flung back a "yes" over his lawyer's objections. The long-awaited cross-examination was under way, and like two caged animals posturing t
(TIME/Time.com, 5/27/2011)
"I'm Rod Blagojevich. I used to be the governor ... I've waited two and a half years to be here to get my side of the story out. It's very liberating to answer all of your questions."
(TIME/Time.com, 3/12/2011)
This story made Time.com's 10 Most Popular Stories of the week, holding the No. 1 spot for eight days. The Wisconsin State Capitol had taken on an eerie quiet by late Friday. Gone were the throngs of protesters who had occupied its marble floors like it were a summer campground. The midnight honking
(TIME/Time.com, 3/10/2011)
The rich have gotten much richer," bellowed Jesse Jackson Jr. amid the rumble of cheering voices, horns and maracas. "Yeah!" roared back the crowd of at least 10,000 protesters who had gathered in Madison, Wis., Thursday morning. "It's about the rights of workers," Jackson continued. "The rights of
(TIME/Time.com, 2/21/2011)
It's 9 p.m. on Sunday night but the sound of beating drums, saxophones and maracas continue to reverberate against the Wisconsin State Capitol's stone walls.
(TIME/Time.com, 1/24/2011)
The nervous laugh rolled off Rahm Emanuel's tongue. "Anything in the news you guys want to talk about?" he asked a gaggle of reporters at a press conference Monday afternoon, Jan. 24. It was a rhetorical question. He knew what the issue of the day was. That day, news spread quickly and virally that
(TIME/Time.com, 11/16/2010)
Blinking back tears from her lilac-covered eyelids, Marsha Emanuel looks around at the crowd of 250 cheering for her son Rahm at Chicago's North Side John C. Coonley elementary school and says, "This is the moment I've been waiting for."
(TIME/Time.com, 9/25/2010)
This story made Time.com's No. 1 most read story list on Sunday, September 26. A Roman Catholic priest publicly speaks out for the first about how he helped train a woman, a friend for the priesthood and his struggle about women in robes.
(TIME/Time.com, 9/9/2010)
How big is the news that Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago will not seek re-election for a seventh term in 2011? "It's huge," says U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, a former Cook County Commissioner who taught Chicago politics at Loyola and Roosevelt Universities for seven years. "Only in Chicago wo
(TIME/Time.com, 8/27/2010)
Robert Blagojevich couldn't believe the text message on his phone Thursday morning. It was from his defense attorney Michael Ettinger: "They have dismissed the charges." His wife Julie began crying. "Wait until we know everything for sure," Robert Blagojevich told her.
(TIME/Time.com, 8/18/2010)
On the last day of jury deliberations in the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. paced the courthouse cafeteria in his three-piece suit. Pausing near the trash bin, he began to pontificate.
(TIME/Time.com, 8/14/2010)
The fund former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been using to pay his defense lawyers is officially gone. After his arrest on Dec. 9, 2008, the fund, originally established to support his campaign efforts, had approximately $2.6 million. He then began using the money to pay his legal fees. Now
(WTTW Channel 11, 8/6/2010)
Part of a reporter roundtable discussion about the important news of the week including the trial of Rod Blagojevich. Chicago Tonight's Week in Review airs weekly on PBS' WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago. Watch the video with this link.
(TIME/Time.com, 7/28/2010)
At about 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, the first person in a line of more than 60 people for the closing arguments in the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial was Dan Bender, a 64-year-old Chicago retiree who once owned a trucking business on the South Side of Chicago and has been writing legal briefs as a rese
(TIME/Time.com, 7/22/2010)
Exclusive interview and lone sit-down interview Robert Blagojevich gave during the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
(TIME/Time.com, 7/9/2010)
During a break Thursday, July 8, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich turned around to talk to members of the public sitting in the courtroom on the 25th floor of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He began to apologize. "I'm sorry about the language," Blagojevich said to a
(TIME/Time.com, 6/26/2010)
Tears streamed down the face of Patti Blagojevich as the recorded voice of her husband, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, echoed in the courtroom of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. "It's very important for me to make a lot of money," Blagojevich said to his chief of s
(TIME/Time.com, 6/9/2010)
The former governor could get 415 years in prison if found guilt on all counts. But Illinois' reputation for underhanded politics is likely to get worse.
(Chicago Tribune, 10/28/2009)
Supporters say land has fostered unity between school, Woodlawn; university says parcel needed for staging area
(TrueSlant.com , 10/8/2009)
Like most dreamers, Logan Square's Tristan Hummel was told by some naysayers that his idea of putting art on Chicago's El train just wouldn't work. "A lot of people didn't believe in it, because it's hard to image how it might work," said Hummel, 23, who hosted the first "Art on Track" show last
(Chicago Tribune, 4/3/2009)
Rev. Michael Eaddy and his two sons came across a few guys playing basketball on a broken-down court in Garfield Park known as "The Hole" and challenged them to a game. "The guys from the community began to laugh and doubt that we could play basketball at all," Eaddy's son, William, 33, said, re
(Chicago Tribune, 3/4/2009)
Rev. Erik Christensen clutches a 64-ounce Diet Coke while a parishioner fixes a rusty slop sink - it's a double Big Gulp kind of day for the pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square. The minister knows that what his century-old church with its neo-Gothic flying buttresses really needs is
(Chicago Tribune, 2/18/2009)
Less than three hours after surgery for an unruptured brain aneurysm, Vivian Moore was upright in her hospital bed at the Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago in Ravenswood telling her children how lucky she felt.
(Chicago magazine, 10/10/2007)
Last year, Americans spent $15 billion on bottled water. Turns out, the joke's on us: Not only are top sellers Aquafina and Dasani just bottled public water, but the wasteful plastic packaging will still be lingering in the year 3000. But do water snobs have a valid argument that private water taste
(Chicago Tribune, 7/5/2007)
Pace million mile bus driver, Harley Fleming, 57, meets all types of people on his daily route around the Chicago suburbs. A look at Fleming and the people on his route.
(St. Petersburg Times , 1/20/2006)
"She spoke softly, choking out the words. "I love her," the 15-year-old girl told the judge. "And all I'm asking is to talk to her...." A 1A story about a high school student who wants, along with her father, to retain contact with the former high school teacher and coach who had a sexual relationsh
(Fort Worth Weekly, 11/7/2002)
"At one time, the Cowtown Inn was a bustling landmark, a place where celebrities like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson stopped in to take a dip in a pool shaped like a Texas star...." A new asbestos-removal plan is keeping the derelict Fort Worth Cowtown Inn standing.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 4/1/2015)
Chicago Sports Commission executive director Kara Bachman welcomes the NFL Draft back to the Windy City.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 2/28/2015)
Maurice and Seymour Zeldman were famous for the Streeterville studio.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 11/3/2014)
As Chicagoans embrace the holiday season, CEO Nancy Bigley of festive favorite Bottle & Bottega leads the Chicago-based company's ambitious effort to open 30 franchised locations in the next year.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 10/1/2014)
Chicago-based BucketFeet founders Raaja Nemani and Aaron Firestein share artists' stories with the world via their collaboratively made, custom-designed shoes.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 7/1/2014)
Ten years after its unveiling, Millennium Park isn't just a success-it has proven to be a visionary work that has changed the way the world sees Chicago.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 5/1/2014)
Some have called her "the Tower of Blunt." At six feet tall, Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, is a female force whose no-nonsense style has made her one of the most powerful politicians-of any gender-in all of Chicago.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 2/17/2014)
Chicago prides itself on being "the city that works," but making good on that mantra requires strategic planning, ingenuity, and the ability to evolve. For MarySue Barrett, president of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), it's about collaboration.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 1/25/2014)
There are foolish gambles, and there are calculated risks. For hotel real estate and private equity investor John Rutledge, the founder and CEO of Chicago's Oxford Capital Group, avoiding the former has made all the difference. "I've never been a cowboy," he says.
(Michigan Avenue magazine , 12/5/2013)
Like many wine connoisseurs Don Sritong is also a passionate foodie.
(Michigan Avenue magazine, 11/1/2013)
It's 2:30 in the afternoon, and Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner Rosemarie "Rosie" Andolino is already on her fifth-or maybe sixth-cup of coffee with cream. "I lost track a few hours ago," she jokes as she grabs a seat by O'Hare International Airport's new aeroponic garden in Terminal 3.
(Michigan Avenue Magazine, 7/1/2013)
It's a sunny Saturday in late May, but the Eldean Shipyard in Macatawa, Michigan, is nearly silent. Inside a metal storage facility, a massive black sailboat sits in a cradle nearly three stories high. It's called il Mostro (Italian for "the monster"), and there's a reason for that.
(Michigan Avenue Magazine, 5/30/2012)
The afternoon glow of a sinking sun peeks through Albert Friedman's office, backlighting a bookcase filled with green, blue, and caramel-colored glass bottles still frosty from the Great Chicago Fire that glazed them more than a century ago.
(Teen Sensations, 8/10/2010)
Exclusive interview with Justin Bieber. This cover story led the 20-under-20 list.
(Teen Sensations, 2/15/2010)
Exclusive interview with Victoria Justice of Nickelodeon's Newest Hit Show, Victorious.
(Chicago Tribune, 12/9/2009)
Budgets are tight, and Christmas is coming. Bah humbug. Shake off that Grinchy attitude by shopping a largely overlooked venue: estate sales. Many people go to estate sales to restock their cabinets with everyday items. And there certainly are things such as half-used bottles of detergent that y
(TrueSlant.com, Newsweek.com, AOL.com, 10/5/2009)
Just call him the "bra man." Oz du Soleil, 44, of Chicago's Kilbourn Park has hundreds, if not thousands of bras in his basement. Boxes and boxes of them, sorted in their cardboard containers by cup size, each holding every type and style imaginable.
(Entrepenuer Throws Hats in Ring, 6/3/2009)
Jenny Gerst knew this was her moment. But three minutes to sell hopes and dreams isn't a lot of time.
(Saturday Evening Post, 5/1/2009)
The one-time Chicago nurse turned actress and television host hit it big in Hollywood, but still cherishes her Midwestern roots.
(Saturday Evening Post, 12/1/2008)
It is a balmy fall day just a few weeks post-Beijing Olympics. Inside the historic Hilton Hotel on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, guests and fans are swirling in a frantic frenzy like worker bees preparing the hive for its queen.
(American Way, 11/15/2008)
The Nov. 15 cover story: Would you like some water? Dr. Maya Angelou asks as she welcomes me into her New York City home. "Or the world's greatest apple juice?"
(University of Chicago Alumni magazine, 10/10/2008)
When Pete Sampras, on the cusp of winning a record-setting 13th Grand Slam victory, was injured during practice with a simple backhand at the 1999 U.S. Open, he was forced to withdraw from the tournament. The cause: an acute herniated lumbar disc. The decision to compete or withdraw fell heavily on
(St. Louis magazine, 8/1/2008)
Over the past few decades, Jack Scharr has quietly been building a niche fine-art empire in Chesterfield Valley. This month, his influence reaches as far away as Beijing.
(Indiana University Alumni magazine, 5/15/2008)
Heat hangs in the air like a smothering blanket. It is hours before noon, but the tarmac is already starting to sizzle at Phnom Penh's airport.
(Today's Chicago Woman, 3/4/2008)
The cheers are deafening as Jerry Springer saunters across a suspended catwalk, straddles a two-story stripper pole and slides down through a cloud of smoke to chants of "Jer-ry! Jer-ry!" A curvaceous female security guard dressed in a tight black tank top hands him a microphone.
(Today's Chicago Woman, 1/2/2008)
Chicago's debonair designer, Nate Berkus, is lounging in his expansive office housed in a former horse barn turned into a spacious urban design studio. On his desk sits, among other things, Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air, the product of an ongoing cross-country book trade with a friend from
(Chicago Magazine , 12/1/2007)
An increasingly popular reference tool for soon-to-be parents, a nameologist suggests baby names based on everything from family history to numerology. With the help of two local couples, Chicago tested out one of the country's most-sought-after practitioners, Maryanna Korwitts of Naperville, auth
(St. Petersburg Times, 5/15/2007)
Crazy Italian owner who ended up in a conservative southern small town environment, despite his cross-dressing, "have you made love today" antics that accompany his food and family.
(St. Petersburg Times, 8/8/2006)
"John Millard's hands move quickly as he shapes a leather heel. He rotates the leather, his arms gliding in half circles as he carefully works through his latest repair. Being here in the back room of John's Shoe Repair is like walking back in time to a day when the local cobbler was a fixture.
(St. Petersburg Times , 7/14/2006)
"Their weekly ritual begins. Dora stands in front of the bedroom closet, her eyes narrowed as she tries to see the clothes on their hangers. She can only make out a fuzzy blur, but that's enough...." An in-depth love story about a couple in their 70's that met during WWII. Won Society of Professiona
(St. Petersburg Times, 8/22/2005)
CRYSTAL RIVER - John Tunstall's stormy blue eyes gleam with pensive persistence. "I don't want to know what's down there," Tunstall says. At 77, he's had three heart attacks and suffers from Alzheimer's disease. But a new exercise regimen has improved his quality of life.
Columns / Commentary  
(The Atlantic, 6/2/2014)
Want to know more about Maya Angelou? Read my first-person essay about going to her home in Harlem. Find out why she asked me to kiss her on the cheek and said modesty comes off faster than a G-string on a stripper.
(District Administration magazine, 10/1/2012)
In the weeks leading up to a presidential election, it's hard to dismiss the importance of civic education, with campaign speeches, debates and advertisements blaring everywhere.
(Time Out Chicago, 9/7/2011)
Finding an apartment in this city isn't usually a competitive sport. That cutthroat stuff is for New York, where apartment seekers have been scrambling for a few hundred square feet in Manhattan for years, in many cases engaging in bidding wars with rival renters. But lately, Chicagoans like myself
(TrueSlant.com, 10/9/2009)
I have a new love. He is hot, sexy and likes to move fast. When I first saw him, it was love at first sight. I never thought it would be like this. But sometimes welcomed surprises come in the most unusual forms.
(American Way, 8/15/2008)
I'M NOT A FEAR FACTOR KIND OF GAL. Sure, I've been dogsledding in Alaska, and scuba diving and zip-lining in various parts of the world. But the thought of bungee jumping or skydiving terrifies me.
(St. Petersburg Times, 1/10/2007)
GAINESVILLE - I had a lot riding on the Florida-Ohio State national championship, mainly a steak dinner and big helping of humility. It started with a little trash talking between me and one of my co-workers and escalated into the winner buying the loser dinner. True to my Big Ten roots, I wa
(St. Petersburg Times , 12/5/2005)
"My heart beats faster. I stand on a beach, surrounded by nearly a hundred women all waiting for the same thing. Our feet scratch the sand as we jump around, flailing our arms and shaking our legs....." A column about doing a triathlon after nearly dying.
(Dallas Morning News, 3/26/2001)
Bob Knight is more than images of chair throwing and player confrontation. He is a father. He is a son. He is a husband. He is a Hall of Fame coach. He is arrogant, and he is passionate. He was my teacher.
(Connect Sports, 10/17/2015)
Back in 1908, the year the Chicago Cubs last won a World Series, Bette Davis has just been born, the first ball had been dropped in Times Square and the Model T was just making its debut as America while Cy Young was hurling from the mound.
(Starpulse, 10/16/2015)
Yes, I live in this great city we call Chicago. After 107 years, we have a right to be hyped up and happy even if it's just a glimmer of hope. For Chicago Cubs fans, this baseball season slipped in like a lamb and is roaring out like a lion. There's nothing bad about that.
(Connect Sports, 1/28/2014)
Trying to orchestrate such a colossal sporting event is hard enough without having to make contingency plans for inclement weather. Here's a look at what Mary Pat Augenthaler, Vice President of Events for the NFL had to say about what it takes to plan and host a Super Bowl.
(Triathlete magazine, 11/1/2011)
Elizabeth Brackett likes to joke she's a jock who's old enough to collect Social Security. "I've always liked to compete," says the 69-year-old, who is host for WTTW-TV's Chicago Tonight program and an award-winning correspondent for PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
(Chicago magazine, 6/1/2008)
As a youngster growing up in Houston, Cat Osterman didn't picture herself competing in the Olympics; she imagined herself running the torch.
(Cincinnati Magazine, 4/12/2008)
Mary Wineberg is driving in circles around the University of Cincinnati. Each lap is perhaps a quarter mile - a distance with which she's thoroughly familiar - and she circles again and again looking for a spot.
(Cincinnati Magazine, 2/2/2007)
She may have some quirky pre-game rituals - watching cooking shows - but nobody can argue with the results Laurie Pirtle has brought to the UC women's basketball team during her 21 years at the helm.
(St. Petersburg Times, 12/19/2006)
INVERNESS -- A.J. Woythaler paces Citrus' goal. Dressed in a lime green jersey that looks like a turtle shell with its black patches, he dribbles the soccer ball with quick flicks of his legs. His shaggy blond hair mimics his movements. Up, down. Up, down. He does this 30 or 40 times before every ga
(St. Petersburg Times, 8/1/2006)
INVERNESS - Citrus football coach Rik Haines' loud voice bellows through the dark, muggy air. Despite it being nearly six in the morning, football players mill around the practice field. "You've got one minute to get out here," Haines yells towards the locker room. By his standards, it's
(St. Petersburg Times, 7/7/2006)
HERNANDO - Dakota Shipp's right arm rotates. His wrist snaps quickly, deceivingly, for it is his forearm that truly controls the lasso above his head. The movement slices the morning heat as wooden rope and air make contact. The whipping noise is commonplace here, where horses, donkeys and cattle
(St. Petersburg Times, 5/7/2006)
"It was in the shadows of Churchill Downs' paddock tunnel that Dan Hendricks sat in his wheelchair and watched the race unfold. With his youngest son's arm wrapped around his neck, Hendricks nervously clutched a black bodog.com baseball cap awaiting the start of the Kentucky Derby....."
(St. Petersburg Times, 5/4/2006)
"The silver tufts on Marc Casse's head contrast sharply in the early morning sun with his Pepto pink shirt and tanned skin. Standing outside Barn 17 on a muddy patch, the Ocala native reflects and jokes easily despite being several days away from having his first horse - Seaside Retreat - contend in
(St. Petersburg Times, 4/16/2006)
Citrus senior Janea Thaler squats low, rotating the bat around. With her head bearing down she looks to the mound. The dog and pony show has started and she's in the center of it. Answering the high-pitched summons of her coach, Butch Miller, Thaler uncomfortably shifts around in the dust, waiting t
(St. Petersburg Times, 11/28/2005)
The sun slowly sinks beneath the backdrop of goal posts and a half-filled Citrus High stadium. Former San Francisco 49er Kevin Fagan's well-defined, 6-foot-3 frame is silhouetted on the sideline of a Citrus Springs Middle School football game.
(St. Petersburg Times, 6/21/2005)
To say Mike Hampton Sr. is upset with Crystal River High School is an understatement. The father of Crystal River graduate and current Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Hampton said he was offered and verbally accepted the Pirates head baseball coaching position - only to find out through hearsay
(St. Petersburg Times, 3/22/2005)
HERNANDO - George Foster looks up. The twinkle in his eye makes him seem much younger than his 46 years. His muscles bulge beneath a fitted silver shirt. He is signing autographs at the Ted Williams Museum and can't stop grinning.
(St. Petersburg Times, 11/28/2004)
A motorcycle accident cost Johnny Sanders the use of his legs, but he still is all about driving fast.
(St. Petersburg Times, 7/25/2004)
CITRUS HILLS - Patient and precise, Ted Williams always waited at the plate until the ball reached a finite area in the strike zone. Operators of his public namesake - the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame - hope public donors who have been holding out will do the same, and start sendi
(USA Today, 10/22/2003)
Maybe this should be called the city of brotherly love. While NBA star Steve Nash has already made his mark in the Big D, younger brother Martin Nash is trying to find his niceh as a professional indoor soccer player for the Sidekicks.
(Dallas Morning News, 3/26/2001)
Bob Knight is more than images of chair throwing and player confrontation. He isa father. He is a son. He is a husband. He is a Hall of Fame coach. He is arrogant, and he is passionate. He was my teacher.
(The Sporting News, 1/28/2001)
This was the chance of a lifetime, the Ultimate NFL Road Trip. Myself and two other interns logged 25,542 miles driving across the USA to see two or three games a week. We drove to thirty cities, 30 NFL stadiums and saw 30 NFL games in four months.
(The Sporting News, 10/10/2000)
A controversy over naming rights for the Broncos' new stadium is swirling like the snowstorm that blanketed the Mile High City before the team's Monday night game with Oakland. Just a few hundred yards apart, the old stadium and the new stand practically side-by-side.
(The Sporting News, 10/1/2000)
Four months on the road driving to every NFL city in the country for the Ultimate NFL Road Trip. A trip to Super Bowl XXXV at the end.
Business & Technology  
(Rejuvenate magazine, 2/15/2015)
From the Blues Festival in Chicago to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio, there's plenty of excursions in these Midwest cities for any meeting planner.
(Connect magazine, 1/15/2015)
If you want to plan a corporate convention in the Midwest, here's five cities that you should consider.
(Collaborate, 8/1/2014)
(Collaborate magazine, 4/1/2014)
When he co-founded 37signals, a Chicago-based software firm, in 1999, Jason Fried had no idea he'd become The New York Times bestselling co-author of "Rework," a book about starting and running a "right-sized" business."
(Connect magazine, 2/20/2014)
Planning a conference or a convention takes a lot of work. But making sure there is the appropriate amount of Wi-Fi while trying to minimize costs can be particularly challenging.
(Connect magazine, 1/7/2014)
More than ever, conference attendees want a personalized experience tailored for them. Gone are the days where handing a business card and buying a drink is enough. That's why event planners are trying to learn as much as possible about their attendees by leveraging technology.
(Collaborate magazine, 12/3/2013)
Silicon Valley is known as the biggest technology haven in the U.S., but Chicago has rapidly grown in the past few years as a tech startup hot spot in the Midwest. Companies like Groupon, GrubHub and 37signals started in The Second City.
(Orange magazine, 4/12/2013)
Why do some wine apps make money and others don't? Here's a look at entrepreneurs, business owners and celebrity chefs and sommelier who use wine apps and why.
(District Administration magazine, 2/15/2013)
Preparing for digital education by 2017. For years, there's been an ongoing discussion about the digital divide between the "haves" and the "have nots." As technology has advanced, so has that gap, which is driving fundamental changes in how we work, learn, and live.
(District Administration magazine, 2/1/2013)
Five years ago, the Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina went digital, with laptops and MacBook Air computers district wide. The district has not purchased a textbook in over five years, with the exception of those required for high school Advanced Placement classes.
(District Administration magazine, 2/1/2013)
A new platform for mobile devices. The Windows 8 operating system, which splashed on the market in October 2012, is changing the landscape of Microsoft-based computers. The once traditional PC operating system is making the move toward a more mobile, tablet-based environment in schools. With it come
(District Administration magazine, 11/1/2012)
School principals are in the middle of a balancing act when it comes to security. They need to create a welcoming, supportive open environment for students and credible community visitors who have legitimate purposes in their buildings, while keeping out individuals who potentially have ill intentio
(District Administration magazine, 10/31/2012)
Visitor management programs and software are a growing trend in K12 schools, according to Chuck Hibbert, a national school security consultant and the retired director of security for Wayne Township Schools in Indianapolis.
(Michigan Avenue Magazine, 5/30/2012)
The afternoon glow of a sinking sun peeks through Albert Friedman's office, backlighting a bookcase filled with green, blue, and caramel-colored glass bottles still frosty from the Great Chicago Fire that glazed them more than a century ago
(Time Out Chicago, 9/29/2011)
So you've got a great business idea, but you don't have a clue how to get it off the ground. Local entrepreneurs offer a plan of attack to make your vision a reality.
(Wealth magazine, 8/2/2011)
With financing finally becoming available again and M&A activity on the rise, now may be the perfect time to either prepare your business for sale or pass along to family members.
(American Express Open Forum, 2/18/2011)
Design is communication, visual communication. The more you have going on, the harder it is to be understood. So how can businesses create a cohesive brand experience?
(American Express Open Forum, 2/14/2011)
No. 1 most read story on Am Ex Forum for three days. Want to protect your estate from Uncle Sam? There are few important changes you should pay attention to based on new legislation that passed in December for the 2011 tax year.
(American Express Open, 2/4/2011)
Do you think it's too hard to get a job in this economy? Are you holding out for your dream job? Think again. The economy isn't great, but there are plenty of ways to get a good job if you are willing to change your perspective.
(American Express Open, 1/31/2011)
Break-ups are always difficult. Some are more amicable than others. When it comes to the legalities of a divorce, be it personal or a business relationship, most people run to an attorney and prepare for battle. It may become necessary, but there's another route that should be tried first: mediat
(American Express Open, 1/27/2011)
Story made Top 10 List of most read on AmEx Forum. Iron Butterflies. Although some may think of the 1960's psychedelic rock band, this concept is about women taking charge. At its core, its about making women great leaders and highlighting the many female negotiators who often get overlooked by uppe
(American Express Open, 1/14/2011)
Traditionally, book and magazine publishers the last to convert to a new technology. Despite initial hesitations, Jason Patendaude, President and CEO of Chicago-based Carus Publishing, a children's magazine and book business, got creative and took a calculated risk. Carus, under Patendaude's directi
(American Express Open, 1/12/2011)
Your business can benefit from developing an App if the right steps are taken. Here's how one entrepreneur learned the ropes the hard way -- and how you can avoid the same pitfalls.
(American Express Open, 12/23/2010)
Many companies want to create an app. But where do you begin? There's so much to consider. It's important to do it on the front end, because adding details after a contract has been signed with a developer can cost significantly more money. Here are some tips businesses you should consider when
(American Express Open, 12/21/2010)
Pop the champagne. The honeymoon of mobile Apps is over in 2011. Enter the early marriage of business and mobile. Like any relationship, that means work for any business that wants their App to stand out this coming year. What was an initial goldmine rush in 2009 and the early part of 2010 has becom
(American Express Open, 12/20/2010)
The holidays bring plenty of parties, family gatherings and work functions. That makes the final weeks of the year the perfect time to network, especially if you are looking for a job.
(American Builders Quarterly, 6/1/2010)
High school sweethearts Burk and Jean Collins built their family business into a $700 million empire over the past 40 years. Here's how they did it.
(Beckett Media, 1/10/2010)
Wrote several stories for inaugural issue of Beckett media publication about travel iPhone Apps, Health & Fitness apps and BlackBerry accessories.
(Today's Chicago Woman, 1/1/2009)
If you suspect your spouse is hiding away valuable assets in the process of your divorce, it's important to get informed before you get to court.
(Saturday Evening Post , 12/11/2008)
Whether social networking, managing personal finances, or playing games, you'll discover that getting on the Internet is easier than ever before whatever your age. Navigating the web for the first time is like visiting a new city, like Paris, for the first time. Everything is new and different, won
(Today's Chicago Woman, 4/5/2008)
As Vice Chairman and Midwest Regional Managing Partner for Deloitte LLP, Deb DeHaas is one of the most powerful women in finance today; at home, she's one of the busiest moms, raising three sons with the help of her husband and numerous minivans. So how does she still find time to donate her talents
(Chicago Magazine, 2/2/2008)
Great Chicago Web Sites Lost in front of the Web address bar? Search engines letting you down?
(Chicago Magazine, 2/1/2008)
How much are Chicagoans spending online? Also view a "How We Compare" chart and a "By The Numbers" list of what is being purchased online. This is a e-commerce business story that focuses on the financial aspects of shopping and buying online.
(Today's Chicago Woman, 9/15/2007)
This magazine feature focuses on single women who are trying to decide if they want to make the leap and buy a condo or home in Chicago or continue renting. Learn tips from real estate agents and new home owners about how they made the decision to buy a condo in Chicago.
(Time Out Chicago, 9/6/2007)
After Jessa Brinkmeyer earned her journalism degree from Northwestern last year she chucked her budding fashion-writing career and created Pivot, the city's first boutique devoted entirely to eco-friendly fashion. "I want people to realize they don't have to sacrifice high fashion to be eco-smart,"
(Crain's Chicago Business, 7/10/2007)
Wisconsin and Michigan aren't exotic enough for some second- or third-home buyers. A real vacation home for this crowd requires a passport, an airline ticket and possibly a second language.
(St. Petersburg Times, 7/25/2004)
Investigative business story about how Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame was in serious financial trouble. The investigation showed that the museum did not receive an endowment or any money from Ted Williams' estate.
Food & Travel  
(USA Today, 7/2/2014)
Cruising to Alaska had never been on my dream list. But when the opportunity for a bargain-basement deal on the Norwegian Pearl presented itself, I pushed aside my doubts and decided to take a seven-day summer cruise from Seattle through southern Alaska.
(USA Today/10Best.com, 6/26/2014)
Planning to come to Chicago with your family? If you have kids under 16, here's what you need to know.
(USA Today, 2/17/2014)
Dawn Reiss talks with Chicago's Stephanie Izard, the chef behind the always-booked Girl & the Goat.
(USA Today, 2/16/2014)
With a wicked sense of humor, here's Chris Pandel's take on his love of Chicago, his fascination with White Castle burgers and what's in his refrigerator at home.
(USA Today, 2/14/2014)
Jacques Torres' thick French accent resonates through his cell phone, as his voicemail tells callers, "A day without chocolate is like a day without romance." That heightened passion about chocolate is why New York's master pastry chef has become known as "Mr. Chocolate."
(USA Today, 2/2/2014)
Whether you like to drink, eat, sip, stir or nosh on chocolate, there are plenty of ways to get your fix in the USA. The better the cacao beans, the better the resulting flavor profile.
(USA Today, 2/1/2014)
Taking a chocolate factory tour is one of the best ways to understand the chocolate-making process.
(USA Today, 12/17/2013)
Drink gluhwein -hot spiced wine- while you shop at Chriskindl markets around the U.S.
(USA Today, 12/2/2013)
New York City's Evan Levine has always been a "huge hockey fan," rooting for the New York Rangers and watching the college football games of his alma mater, Northwestern. For his job with Citibank, Levine typically travels two to three days a week all over the country.
(Chicago Tribune, 12/1/2013)
The bearded man quietly navigates the dimly lighted Hinterland restaurant to the corner table where my boyfriend and I sit. It's like the star of "Walker, Texas Ranger" has just appeared in this gastropub. "Does anyone ever ask you if you look like Chuck Norris?" I ask.
(USA Today, 11/18/2013)
When you're going to the "Big D" - Dallas - it's all about living large with flash and cash, and a flair for country. Nothing is more Texas than football, from Friday night lights to the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
(USA Today, 10/2/2013)
Since the days of bootlegging and Al Capone, Chicagoans have always liked their spirits and beer. Chicago has been right on trend, its craft breweries popping up as movement has exploded across the country.
(USA Today, 9/11/2013)
Want to eat like a Chicagoan? Here are some favorite restaurants among those who live there.
(USA Today, 9/11/2013)
From Thai to burgers, there are plenty of great places to get food on the cheap in Chicago.
(USA Today, 9/10/2013)
There are plenty of classic restaurants in Chicago. Here are few mainstays.
(USA Today, 12/10/2012)
For decades, Chicago has been an epicenter of railroads. The city grew up around a critical mass of train tracks, a fact that's reflected on its South Side and in the Southland suburbs.
(AAA Living, 6/1/2012)
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin is known for having the largest natural outdoor race track in the United Statess.
(AAA Living, 4/12/2012)
Slackpacking is the way to go. Hike during the day, stay in a hotel at night.
(Plate magazine, 10/1/2011)
Cover story: Making a Southern splash with Cajun and Creole seafood and shellfish. For people who love Cajun and Creole food, the holy trinity is a culinary journey paved with onions, bell peppers and celery. But just as important -and possibly as much of a spiritual experience - are the iconic seaf
(AAA Living , 5/1/2011)
AAA Living story about the California Zephyr, part of cover story package about the best train trips around the world. Listen to the audio interviews and see the photographs from my Amtrak train trip on the California Zephyr which goes from Chicago to San Francisco.
(Chicago Tribune, 2/16/2011)
There is something about gathering together on a cold winter's night. What better way to gather friends and loved ones than around a dinner table talking and drinking for hours while eating delicious homemade ravioli?
(Chicago Sun-Times, 2/13/2011)
NEGRIL, Jamaica - "Have you ever kissed a dolphin," the woman behind the counter asks me. "It's love at first kiss. Once you start, you can't stop," said Suzayne Moseley, who works at Dolphin Cove here. "It's like kissing a Jamaican man," she continued. "Have you done that?"
(American Express Open Forum, 2/11/2011)
It's a balmy 80-degrees on a late January day in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I'm sitting in the open air lobby patio of the famous Round Hill Hotel overlooking the Caribbean Sea. During my stay in a private 6-bedroom villa, I had the chance to mingle with an Austrian ambassador and his wife, and a French
(American Express Open, 2/11/2011)
It's hard to predict when violence might erupt. But in light of what is happening in Egypt and other places around the world, it's important to take a few preliminary precautions when traveling for business. Here are a few suggestions from Philip Farina, a member of the U.S. Department of State Dipl
(American Express Open, 1/7/2011)
Christopher Elliott, who writes "The Navigator" travel column for The Washington Post and serves as National Geographic Traveler magazine's reader advocate, remembers life as a stress eater.
(MondoExplorer, 10/1/2009)
Picture sun-drenched seascapes and a laid-back lifestyle where sandals are the perfect accessory for any occasion. This is where Florida truly begins! Tucked along the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay is home to some of the top-rated beaches in the world. (Including my personal favorite, Caladesi Island, a
(Chicago Tribune, 8/16/2009)
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- "Ring the bell and salute," came the battle cry from the bar. Ding! The old ship bell behind Siebkens' Stop-Inn Tavern bar sounded the alarm. The last person to give a military salute has to buy a shot of Jagermeister.
(American Way, 8/15/2008)
I'm not a Fear Factor kind of gal. Sure I've been dogsledding in Alaska, and diving and zip-lining in various parts of the world. But the thought of bungee jumping or skydiving terrifies me. Nor have I ever harbored a desire to be like the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern, the host of Bizarre Foods,
(Milwaukee Magazine, 6/1/2008)
Move over beer, wine is here. As more people go for the fruit of the vine, wineries are springing up across Dairyland. A tasting guide, travel pieces.
(Restaurants & Institutions, 5/1/2008)
The economic chill gripping much of the food service - bringing less ambitious forcasts for new-unit openings and sales growth - has so far skirted at least one corner of the industry.
(Travel + Leisure, CNN.com, MSN.com, 12/15/2007)
There are more than 160 ships in the fleets of the 24 major cruise lines and more than 7,500 itineraries, from Alaska to Zanzibar. So how do you decide which one most suits your style? Evaluate your options using these simple guidelines:
(Metromix.com, 12/2/2007)
The holiday season is all about family and sharing. OK, it's really about getting presents, but, you know, cut us some slack, we're trying to get into the spirit. To help us out, we asked local chefs about some of their favorite family holiday dishes that they're sharing with you this year.
(Chicago Reader, 9/14/2007)
DAVID FRIEDMAN just wanted to go out to lunch. But he couldn't find a kosher restaurant in Chicago. This restaurant review showcases how hard it can be to eat out if you are trying to keep kosher. The Crowne Plaza hotel, in the West Loop, offers kosher Jews dairy-free, American-style foods like
(American Express Open, 2/4/2011)
It started as a simple idea centered around how to make more friends. Jordan Harbinger was attending law school and wanted to meet new people, so he Googled "how to make more friends." His interest in the psychology of social dynamics instantly piqued, and he realized trying to meet and make new fr
(American Express Open, 12/22/2010)
In her years of travel, quirky TV host Julia Dimon has stymied the typical idea of road warrior fitness. It's easy to become complacent when trying to juggle business meetings and fitness routines while traveling. After dealing with Fort Knox-like airport security lines and hours of jet lag, most pe
(American Express Open, 12/16/2010)
It's hard to be a woman with large feet. Many times that perfect-looking shoe in a size 7 or 8 just doesn't look right when it is stretched out into a bigger size.
(Chicago Tribune, 12/10/2009)
Budgets are tight, and Christmas is coming. Bah humbug. Shake off that Grinchy attitude by shopping a largely overlooked venue: estate sales. (Vintage shops get much of their merchandise from estate sales, then double or triple the price.)
(Today's Chicago Woman, 1/1/2009)
What you need to know before moving forward It's the dirty word: Divorce. No one likes to think about it or prepare for it. But realistically, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. It's a well-known fact that many couples contemplating a divorce will stay together for the holiday season wi
(Time to Spa, 11/15/2008)
GIVING THANKS. GETTING GRATEFUL. It is hard, sometimes, to be thankful. Society has conditioned us to crave what other people have... Let's be frank, self-loathing is part of the American experience.
(Time to Spa, 9/1/2008)
Belly Breathe. Laugh. Meditate. Be Thankful. Give back. Do something physical. Simplify and de-clutter. Be mindful while eating. Take time for yourself. Set goals.
(Chicago Parent, 7/25/2008)
Pelvic health is not a topic most moms typically discuss. But there can be plenty of problems "down there," such as bladder leakage, that are the direct result of going through pregnancy and childbirth.
(Chicago Parent, 2/25/2008)
Since the beginning of time, women have wanted to look beautiful. Now it's going below the belt. A look at vaginal rejuvenation and the mothers who have it done.
(Today's Chicago Woman, 11/10/2007)
We've all heard Americans are fat. We know most of us consume too many greasy foods, too much sugar and salt and we don't exercise enough.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 10/21/2007)
Tom Perrotta has done it again. His latest book, The Abstinence Teacher is sure to be another bestseller that will make a run at the box office. This highly charged novel that is already being made into a Warner Independent movie, takes a closer look at sex education and
(Chicago Sun-Times, 10/14/2007)
For Andrea Barrett fans, it will come as no surprise that science, romance and historical fiction surround the essence of her latest novel. The Air We Breathe details the complicated entanglements between personal relationships, a growing anti-immigration discourse and public fear of tuberculosis
(Chicago Parent, 9/12/2007)
Let's be honest: There's no such thing as a perfect romantic relationship. Throw kids into the mix, a professional career or two, lack of sleep and it's a recipe for disaster.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 6/24/2007)
A one-on-one "girl talk" with New York Times best-selling author Meg Cabot. From how she never wants to have kids to her fear after 9/11 that made her start writing in bed, along with the latest on her book: Queen of Babble in The Big City
(St. Petersburg Times, 11/28/2006)
"Hemingway had Cuba. Tim Crothers has Inverness. The small Citrus County town, tucked away from the bustle of urban life, is where the former Sports Illustrated writer chose to write his first book, a biography about University of North Carolina women's soccer coach, Anson Dorrance...."
Non-Fiction Book Author  
(Publications International, 3/15/2010)
Quirky, off-beat facts and stories about interesting people places and things in Chicago. This book was co-authored with 11 other writers.
Custom Publishing/B2B  
(FoodService Director magazine, 2/20/2015)
Despite raw milk rules, the popularity of soft cheeses-pasteurized or not-is growing.
(U.S. Bank's Reservemagazine.usbank.com, 3/15/2013)
Mobile banking is now the preferred banking method for 6 percent of consumers, according to an August 2012 survey by the American Bankers Association. While that may seem like a small percentage, it's an increase of 100 percent since 2010.
(U.S. Bank's Reserve magazine, 12/1/2012)
Choosing who gets what after you're gone can be a burdensome task. With proper planning, however, your desires for how your wealth should be distributed in the future may be realized.
(U.S. Bank's Reserve magazine, 10/1/2012)
Why doesn't everyone do estate planning? What are the biggest mistakes people make? What are the things most people don't know about trusts?
(U.S Bank's Reservemagazine.usbank.com, 8/1/2012)
Many entrepreneurs are finding the only way to grow their business is by becoming more mobile, but time away from the office can mean long hours spent catching up on other responsibilities, including managing the company's finances.
(U.S. Bank's Reserve magazine, 7/1/2012)
Buying a vacation home can be a welcome retreat and may offer great tax benefits, if structured properly.
(U.S. Bank's Reserve magazine, 7/1/2012)
What is the argument for including commodities in an investment portfolio today? How does the political turmoil in the Middle East affect oil prices, and what do you see developing that might help offset the unrest?
(U.S. Bank's Reserve magazine, 7/1/2012)
What's the purpose of your wealth? It's a complex question.
(U.S. Bank's Reserve magazine, 7/1/2012)
Learning about finances often begins at a very young age.
(American Builders Quarterly, 3/10/2010)
Commercial-retail developer attributes its 40 years in business to establishing personal connections. This Dallas-based entrepreneur knows how to save money especially in lean years.
(Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 5/1/2009)
The 2009 40 Under 40 winners are among some of the best and brightest minds in our industry. They've created innovative systems to solve difficult engineering problems, both in North America and abroad. These young geniuses have won awards and risen quickly to the top in their fields. They've worked
(Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 12/1/2008)
Cover story on enviornmentally significant engineering projects.
(Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 7/1/2008)
The 2008 40 Under 40 winners highlighted here are among the elite. They are engineers and business owners, mothers and fathers, inventors and innovators, athletes and mentors. They were selected based on a variety of criteria, which started with a nomination from a colleague, supervisor, or mentor.
(U.S. News & World Report, 10/22/2014)
Students should make sure their online program offers some training in health informatics and telemedicine.
(U.S. News & World Report, 10/17/2014)
Studying overseas may be a challenge for online students, but it's doable if approached correctly, experts say.
(U.S. News & World Report, 10/1/2014)
Online criminal justice students who specialize are better positioned to get hired.
(U.S. News & World Report, 9/11/2014)
Half way through her doctorate in interdisciplinary studies, Shannon Decker realized something was missing. Decker, a former teacher turned operations manager for Health Net, a Fortune 100 company, was pursuing her degree, when she decided to switch her focus and follow her dream.
(U.S. News & World Report, 8/27/2014)
Some schools are offering scholarships specifically for online students.
(U.S. News & World Report, 8/14/2014)
When Kim Blackham, a licensed marriage and family therapist, began searching for online universities to earn her doctorate, she knew she wanted to transfer in credits for several classes she had previously taken at Atlanta's Richmont Graduate University.
(U.S. News & World Report, 7/25/2014)
Michelle Hook Dewey jokes that when she started her online master's degree with the University of Illinois in 2011, all of her homework was organized in paper folders.These days, Dewey does everything electronically.
(U.S. News & World Report, 7/4/2014)
It's one thing to start your online degree, but it's another to finish it.Completion rates for online students are tough to track, since the U.S. Department of Education only began looking at the issue recently, but many instructors and school leaders say the numbers are low.
Contact Info
  Dawn Reiss
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Chicago, IL 

Tel: 312-590-1921  
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