I’m a writer and digital media expert based in California’s beautiful Coachella Valley.
I’ve reported for newsrooms across the country and served as a leader on dozens of digital storytelling campaigns. I also freelance with news organizations, nonprofits, and creative professionals.
I entered the media industry at a time of great transformation and innovation — and I’m proud of the experiences and bylines I’ve collected along the way.
I grew up in Rochester, New York — a wonderful Great Lakes city known for Kodak film, Genny beer, and freezing winters. I graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in newspaper journalism and music history. As of 2022, I’m finishing up a master’s degree in digital audience strategies from The Cronkite School at Arizona State University.
My media career has taken me across the country. I spent the early years of my career at The Daily Messenger in Canandaigua, New York. Prior to moving to the West Coast, I spent about five years covering government and politics in Pennsylvania, where there was never a dull moment.
I also had the opportunity to cover politics and government for the Associated Press out of their Phoenix bureau. And I wrote about civil litigation and covered trials in downtown Los Angeles for Law360, a paywalled news site for lawyers and law firms. (Here’s my LinkedIn for the full history). I’ve had stretches as a freelance copywriter, social media manager and editor, and I’ve also successfully grown social media accounts for multiple nonprofits and businesses.
In the past several years I’ve moved toward telling stories with nonprofits and using my digital media skill set to amplify the causes I believe in. I served as the inaugural social media and newsletter editor for Report for America. And I was the communications manager for the Coachella Valley nonprofit Lift to Rise. There, I not only managed our social accounts and implemented new a storytelling series to amplify our work around housing and economic justice, but helped implement paid and organic marketing efforts for Riverside County’s rental assistance program, which aided tens of thousands of families during the coronavirus pandemic.