I’m a freelance writer and editor with a bold background — and foreground — in journalism and communications.
First, the foreground. I’ve been published in international newspapers and websites, including U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. Not to mention trade publications, news and industry sites, community newspapers and entertainment media. I write regularly for Madison’s alt weekly, (the) Isthmus and have written for Brava, The Wisconsin State Journal and Tone Madison.
My mission, should you choose to accept it, is to engagingly craft the written word and supply constructive feedback on your communications and marketing projects and books. From website copy to long-form nonfiction works, I build a succinct, quality reading experience that makes an impact. I have a knack for diving deep into subjects and relating complicated concepts to both experts and laymen. Inspired by deadlines, I fit your project’s specifications to a crossed t and dotted i. Send me an email and we can chat about crafting your communication to be more direct and effective.
And now, the aforementioned background. I embarked on my journalism career as print gave way to web readership. This helped me develop a deep and ongoing understanding of how to reach and impact readers through mediums from newspapers and newswires to websites and e-newsletters.
Going way back, I grew up on a family farm in Central Illinois, then studied journalism and international relations. Next, I moved to Costa Rica for the better part of a gap year before relocating to New York City, incidentally at the onset of what became known as The Great Recession. Very interesting times. I now live in Madison, Wisconsin, and enjoy experiencing nature and practicing yoga — often at the same time.
What it comes down to is I just love people and people love stories. Heck, people are stories! I’ve written for local, state and national organizations and businesses and work in public relations. Here are a few of those roles:
- Commodities reporter, Dow Jones Newswires
- Editor, Food Manufacturing magazine and FoodManufacturing.com
- Communications director, Wisconsin Newspaper Association
- Public information specialist, Cooperative Extension
and Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development
- Marketing and Communications Manager, Al. Ringling Theatre
- Education coordinator, International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association
- Director, Wisconsin 4-H State Communications Team