Curiosity, skill and luck have allowed me to spend decades exploring eclectic topics ranging from the nutritional habits of female winter Olympians to the lawsuits intended to stop the building of Rio de Janeiro’s Guggenheim Rio museum. I am the author of several successful guidebooks, and have contributed to many others, including three essay anthologies.
I love the variety of work I am able to do as a freelance journalist, but I particularly enjoy off-beat business stories, unexpected service features and travel journalism that shows people the gems in their own backyards. I enjoy writing short as much as (or more) writing long, a quality I think serves both my readers and editors well.
I seek freelance editing assignments as well as writing assignments.
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
Total Media Industry Experience
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Telegraph Travel (UK) (10+), Nashville Lifestyles magazine (10+), Nashville Scene (10+), Orbitz (3-5), Wine Enthusiast (10+), Scalawag magazine (1-2), WHERE magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Other Work History
Executive editor, Club Management. Developed, assigned and edited retooled
quarterly CMAA association magazine for more than three years. Served as
liaison between publishing company and association client.
10 Things to do This Weekend Columnist, Crain’s Chicago Business. Wrote
weekly online column for more than a decade. Promoted on social media. Wrote
breaking news and in-depth features; compiled annual “Who’s Who in Chicago
Business” directory for three years.
Contributing Editor, Chain Leader, magazine for restaurant industry executives.
Wrote marketing section for 10 years, assited in conference planning.
Chicago Correspondent, Art & Antiques. Generated ideas, reported and wrote for
national monthly magazine.
Managing Editor, Chicago SHOPS. Reported, assigned and edited Chicago
magazine’s 2006 annual shopping guide.
Editorial Consultant, MapQuest Publishing. Created line of hybrid atlases for
Senior Editor, Integration Quarterly. Developed DBIA association magazine.
Foreign Language Skills
Enough French to find peanut butter in Togo, West Africa and buy a backpack at Porte de Clignancourt in Paris
Mac (OS X)-platform Word, Excel, InDesign, InCopy, Snapseed, and others as needed.
Up-to-date Mac (OS X) laptops, scanner software, digital recorders, digital cameras, and others as needed.
2002 Dog Writers Association of America award for general interest magazine article.
Finalist for 2001 and 2000 Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism.
2000 American Society of Business Publication Editors Midwest Regional Award for Regular Department.
American Society of Journalists and Authors, Society of Professional Journalists, Society of American Travel Writers