I began my journalistic career as a teenager, writing for and editing What’s Bruin at Bishop O’Hara High School in Dunmore, Pa. I continued it at Syracuse University, writing for the Daily Orange, and landed my first newspaper job at a scrappy Philadelphia weekly called the Germantown Courier. I took first prize for investigative reporting among weekly newspapers in a Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association contest for a story about alleged sexual harassment of teachers.
As one of eight staff writers for the daily Delaware State News in Dover, DE, I covered state, county and municipal government; crime, business, agriculture and real estate. I wrote many profiles and feature stories and wove colleagues’ coverage of Hurricane Gloria into a cohesive story of an event few Delawareans would ever forget.
I moved to a staff writing position at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, where I covered municipal government, residential and commercial real estate, interior design, education and business. I won third prize for investigative reporting in a New Jersey Newspaper Publishers Association contest for a series on government disposal of properties seized from financial institutions.
In 1999, I moved with my family to St. Paul, MN, where I began my freelance career, writing about health care, business, law, medical technology, residential and commercial real estate, interior and landscape design, and gardening, as well as a wide variety of feature articles. Publications that have featured my work include the New York Daily News, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis-St.Paul Business Journal, Commercial Property Executive, Qmed.com, Finance & Commerce, Minnesota Lawyer, Politics in Minnesota, Minnesota Medicine, Saint Paul Illustrated, The Line (an online news magazine), The Mix (the newsletter of the Twin Cities cooperative grocery stores) and the alumni magazines of St. Catherine University, William Mitchell College of Law and St. Olaf College.