I’m a full-time freelance writer with a degree in journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. My work has won several national awards, including the Clarion Award (twice) from the Association for Women in Communications and the James Beard Journalism Award.

I was drawn to journalism because I’m endlessly curious about the world, and I love writing. I got my start as an editor on my campus newspaper, then did internships at the Buffalo News and the Buenos Aires Herald. I did a stint as a city hall reporter at a daily newspaper on the U.S-Mexico border and ended up at an alt weekly newspaper in Kansas City, where I wrote features about scandals, scams and bizarre ¬†crimes. There, I won a James Beard Journalism Award for a story on a father-daughter duo making good wine in Kansas under the shadow of Carrie Nation and the state’s Prohibitionist past.

As a freelancer, I write about a variety of topics, including personal finance, small business and lifestyle.