I am committed to powerful storytelling and clear communication. Whether it's a nonfiction book edit, manuscript critique, 2,500-word magazine feature on health care or one-page press release, I have the experience and skills to focus the narrative and make writing come alive so readers are engaged and informed. I work with authors and writers so that their vision is realized and the odds of publishing success increased.
I've gone through the process myself as co-author of “Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood,” a triple nonfiction memoir published by Little, Brown & Co. in North America and in five other countries (U.K., France, Holland, Poland, Brazil). Film rights were optioned, and Oprah's O Magazine called it a "Tome of the Brave."
I also draw on skills developed over a decades-long career working on a wide range of subjects — from natural disasters to neuroscience — with some of the country's top editors in journalism and the publishing industry. As a journalist for major U.S. newspapers, including The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, and The Washington Post, I covered major events from Hurricane Andrew and the crash of TWA Flight 800 to 9/11 and the Roman Catholic Church clergy sexual abuse crisis. I also have contributed to The Economist, Boston Magazine, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, MSN.com, National Geographic News, Slate, This Old House, PBS' Frontline, and The Daily Mail, among others. Freelance writing and editing work has included press releases, digital content, marketing materials, and features for academic institutions, corporations, PR agencies, and nonprofits.
My academic background includes an M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, an M.A. from the University of London, and B.A.s from Tufts University.
I studied science, health and technology (along with criminal law and astronomy) as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joining 10 other journalists selected from the U.S. and abroad. I also have taught journalism, writing, editing, and publishing as an adjunct professor and lecturer at Emerson College, Boston University, DePaul University, and Lake Forest College.
I am a proud member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Society of Environmental Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of Ghostwriters (associate), and The Chicago Writers Association, and I am represented by the Denise Shannon Literary Agency.
- Co-author of "Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Amazing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood" (Little, Brown & Co. with foreign rights sold in five other countries and film rights sold.)
- Contributor to National Geographic News, The Economist, Slate, The Boston Globe Magazine, Huffington Post, etc.
- New England correspondent for The Washington Post. (National News Desk, Pulitzer Prize for 9/11 coverage.)
- Reporter for The Boston Globe. (Metro Desk.)
- Reporter for The Miami Herald. (Metro Desk; Newspaper-wide Pulitzer Prize for Hurricane Andrew; Pulitzer finalist team member for coverage of "Baby Theresa.")
- Adjunct professor/lecturer in journalism, editing, publishing and writing at Boston University, Emerson College DePaul University, and Lake Forest College.
- Associate producer for NPR in Boston for "The Connection" and "On Point."