Like a lot of my fellow journalists, I entered the field to change the world for the better, and there's no greater feeling than writing a story that educates or impacts even one person in a powerful way. I also love to write.

I grew up in Georgia, Texas, Maryland and Florida before heading to the great Gator Nation to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

After graduation I worked for several daily newspapers (including the St. Petersburg Times, Tallahassee Democrat and Gainesville Sun) and then moved back to the Washington, D.C., area to attend grad school at Johns Hopkins University.

I have an MA in fiction writing and enjoy using fiction techniques (character development, description, etc.) in my non–fiction.

I’ve covered everything from murder trials to city council meetings to Congressional hearings and a dog frisbee competition and have been specializing in health–related journalism since 1992. I have a special interest in health disparities. My three great kids force me to stay organized and give me plenty of material.

Work Experience

Freelance Journalist, Health Specialist 1997 – present

  • Contributing Writer, The Nation’s Health, 1997 – present
    Write articles and briefs for this 33,000-circulation monthly newspaper produced by the American Public Health Association
  • Contributing Writer, AARP Bulletin, 2004 – present
    Coordinate input from AARP offices along the Atlantic seaboard on such topics as long-term care, health reform and Medicare and write monthly state news briefs
  • Contributing Writer, The Free Lance–Star, 2005 – present
    Lead freelancer for this 50,000-circulation daily newspaperÂ’s Sunday Healthy Living section, writing features on such topics as mental health parity, autism and heart disease
  • Contributing Writer, Maryland Life, 2005 – present
    Write lifestyle and health-related features and briefs for this bi–monthly magazine

Co-Editor, Not What I Expected, Paycock Press, 2007

  • Compiled and edited essays, short fiction and poetry about pregnancy and the impact of motherhood

Staff Writing Positions

  • The Nation’s Health, 1994 – 1997
    Assistant editor responsible for reporting, writing, photography and layout
  • The Gainesville Sun, 1992 – 1994
    Health/social services reporter for this 65,000-circulation daily newspaper in north central Florida
  • Tallahassee Democrat, 1992 – 1993
    Health reporter responsible for content in this 60,000-ciruclation daily paper’s weekly health section as well as news features on health–related news
  • St. Petersburg Times, 1990 – 1992
    Breaking news and news feature reporter for this 500,000-circulation daily newspaper. Also worked as Gainesville correspondent and post–graduate intern

Education

  • 1995 – 1997 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
    M.A., Writing
  • 1986 – 1990 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
    B.S., Journalism

Awards

  • Honored for news reporting excellence by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, American Cancer Society of Florida and Mental Health America of Fredericksburg
  • Invited participant 2009 NIH Medicine in the Media Workshop
  • Member, Association of Health Care Journalists