Journalism / Freelancing/Teaching
My journalism credentials begin circa 1998. I decided early on I wanted to write for a living, so after taking the only journalism course my tiny high school offered, I started volunteering for the area newspaper, which came out once a week. I wrote up sports scores and features ranging from new principals to choir trips out of state. The Joliet Journal even published my first short stories and editorials.
Later, while earning my bachelor’s degree in journalism, I was the Obituary Editor at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, CA, and then a writer and co-anchor at News Talk 920, KVEC, also in San Luis Obispo. After graduating, I moved to the Bay Area and wrote for KCBS radio in San Francisco before switching to TV news at NBC Bay Area, where I have been writing and producing evening newscasts for more than a decade.
My teaching credentials begin at Saint Mary’s College of California, where I graduated with a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2010. I spent a year there as a teaching intern for two English writing courses: Composition, and Argument and Research. I also worked as a writing tutor, and acted as managing editor of the literary magazine Mary. Immediately after graduating I ltaught composition at San Jose State University for two years before making the hard decision to focus on journalism and my own creative writing more. That focus paid off in my memoir being accepted by Ooligan Press. Breaking Cadence: One Woman's War Against the War is due out in 2019.
It's my hybrid background in journalism, creative writing and teaching that make me a versatile, fast and strong freelance writer. I enjoy researching, interviewing, and weaving elements to tell unique and compelling narratives. Whether I'm writing about a new tech device or how Cal State East Bay is combating California's teaching shortage, I rely on storytelling, fact, finesse, and, of course, revision, to make sure clients are happy with content that often lives forever online.
For more on my qualifications and background, feel free to take a look at my resume. If you are interested in hiring me for freelance work, shoot me an email for rates and other info.