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I run a successful communications business, writing for national and regional magazines, consulting on media relations, and editing magazine and newspaper articles. I have a strong background in reporting, writing and editing, including 18 years with daily newspapers, specializing in medical, legal and investigative coverage; and 2 1⁄2 years as the primary editor of a nationally recognized regional arts magazine.

Freelance writer and editor since 2002

Clients and responsibilities have included:

    • Time Inc.’s Content Solutions division, writing for Proto, a health journal developed with Massachusetts General Hospital        
    • American Express Publishing, Custom Solutions division, writing for the health magazine Doctor/Patient and the business magazine Working Wealth (developed with Citi Smith Barney)
    • Writing and editing for the Richmond Academy of Medicine, producing op-eds, researching and writing white papers, and coordinating press events
    • Writing for Reader’s Digest Home and Health Books
    • Writing and editing for the architectural magazine Inform, published by the Richmond chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Senior Editor, 64 magazine, Jan. 2000 to June 2002

Held the top day-to-day editorial position for this beautifully produced, nationally recognized start-up regional arts magazine. As second in command to the publisher/editor, I was involved in each aspect of the editorial process, from story conception to signing off on final galleys. We covered the gamut of arts topics: painting, sculpture, interior design, dance, fashion, food, film, poetry and more. 64 won a national bronze award for editorial and design excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association following our first year of operation. Helped craft editorial strategy, assigned and edited articles, and worked closely with writers. Wrote headlines, subheads and captions and directed the editorial production process, ensuring deadlines were met. Sadly, the magazine succumbed to economic pressure and closed after 2.5 years in print.

Staff writer, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1986 to 2000

Specialty beats included health and courts, plus frequent investigative projects involving judicial and governmental malfeasance. Also covered general assignment topics ranging from human interest stories and profiles to trend articles on lifestyle topics. Won numerous Virginia Press Association awards for excellence in reporting and writing. (Average circulation during my tenure: 200,000 Sunday; 150,000 daily)

Contributor, National Public Radio, 1994 to 1997

Reported, wrote and voiced news features and one-minute news updates for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Pro Bono

2005-2010 - Led communication efforts for the Tangier Island Health Foundation, helping raise $2 million to achieve our goal of building a state-of-the-art health clinic on this isolated Chesapeake Bay island. Helped secure more than $1 million in federal and state grants. Served as lead writer and/or editor of narrative descriptions that accompanied grant requests, solicitation letters, and nominations for awards to raise the island’s profile. In 2006, Dr. David B. Nichols, the island’s doctor for three decades, was named Country Doctor of the Year. He was also featured on ABC News Person of the Week on Jan. 19, 2007, as well as other network news programs.

2008-present – Member of the Advisory Board of Iris: A Magazine for Thinking Young Women, a quarterly published by the University of Virginia’s Women’s Center. Periodically edit major features for the magazine. http://iris.virginia.edu/

Education: B.A., University of Georgia, School of Journalism