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.