I have two decades experience in journalism, and I’ve won awards for reporting, column writing and blogging. I’m experienced covering nutrition, all levels of education, the Catholic Church, parenting, and lifestyle issues. I’m known for being able to get sources to talk to me, and I’ve been lucky enough to interview the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Shaquille O’Neal and lots of people in between. In my Second Act, I became a nationally recognized university academic advisor and career coach. Writing a novel taught me to love the beauty and clarity provided by the Oxford comma, but I know when to dismiss it in favor of AP style.
- 2014: University of Arizona: Outstanding Professional Advisor
- 2012 NACADA: Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit
- 2012 University of Arizona: Outstanding Emerging Professional Advisor
- 2009 Arizona Press Club, first place, best news blog
- 2009 Arizona Press Club, First Place: Education Reporting (non-metro)
- 2009 Arizona Press Club, Second Place: Business Reporting (non-metro)
- 2008 The Tucson Citizen: Content Provider of the Year
- 2008 Arizona Newspapers Association, Second Place: Best Sports Story
- 2003 Arizona Press Club, Second Place: Feature Column Writing (Don Schellie Award)
- 2003 Arizona Press Club, Third Place: Sustained Coverage or Series
- 2003 National Catholic Press Association, Third Place: Best Commentary
- 2003 Arizona Newspapers Association, Third Place: Best Non-daily Column
- 2002 National Catholic Press Association, Second Place: Best Feature Writing
For detailed work history and résumé, please see my Linked In profile.