I’m an award-winning former journalist, columnist and academic advisor now mentoring university journalism students as a career counselor. I’m also blogging at Renee Wrote This, shopping around my first novel, and freelancing occasionally. My reporting and writing expertise lies in education, religion (particularly the Catholic Church), parenting, mental illness, general personality profiles and commentary.
I got my feet wet as a K-12 reporter in Texas before launching a freelance career as a family life columnist. I sold that column to various papers for a decade, including the Dallas Morning News and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Additionally, I sold more than 100 articles to various Catholic publications during that time, including to The National Catholic Reporter and Saint Anthony Messenger, and was a self-syndicated op-ed columnist for the Texas Catholic, the Hawaii Catholic Herald, the North Texas Catholic and the Catholic Vision, selling more than 300 columns to those outlets.
In 2007, I was hired by the now-defunct Tucson Citizen as its higher education reporter. When not dogging the Board of Regents I was a dive-bomb reporter on the sports desk and wrote the obituary of a former crime boss before being assigned to cover the closure of my own paper. The blog I started in the dust of the paper’s demise – God Blogging and More – won Best News Blog in the 2009 Arizona Press Clubs awards.
I’ve been published in a variety of other venues, have done live storytelling about cake saving the day and people saving each other, and was featured on the Crush Your Internship podcast, but the highlight of my career was the late, great Brian Doyle buying my essay on faith and depression. There’s nothing that compares to someone who won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature calling your work “exquisite.” His death remains a huge loss to the creative non-fiction community and to any and all writers of faith.
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