Features and Travel Writer
I came to journalism through the back door.
Finding myself in a hard-won job I hated, I began to ask myself what I would do if I could do anything. I loved reading and digging into the past and the whys of things. I thought I’d like to be the researcher for a novelist. Then I thought I’d like to be a novelist.
Attending college part-time, I changed my major from Business Administration to English Literature, and practiced writing every free minute I could find.
Unfortunately, I had no talent for fiction. But I did sell several non-fiction stories to magazines. Then I found my way into the newsroom of a weekly paper in a small New England city and felt like I had come home.
After graduation, I moved to Arizona to attend the master’s program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. The program opened many doors, including the opportunity to meet Cronkite and other legends of the craft, to write for a respected national paper and, ultimately, to a job as managing editor of Phoenix Magazine. It was a dream job that allowed me to marry my two loves: reporting and storytelling.
At the same time, work as a graduate assistant led to 10 years as an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School, where I taught newswriting, editing and magazine writing. I also taught memoir writing to adult learners at ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
After several years at Phoenix Magazine, I moved to The Arizona Republic, where I served as an editor. I got a great education at one of the largest daily newspapers in the country, but I missed writing.
I left The Republic to freelance, and have been happily doing so ever since. For many years before it folded, Stratos (a magazine for charter and private jets) let me indulge my love of travel and write about luxury resorts around the country and the world.
For the past decade, I’ve been a regular contributor to Arizona Highways, which has given me a passport to explore every corner of the state and access to some of its most interesting citizens.
I still work with the Republic on one of its annual business publications, and have enjoyed writing for a number of other publications along the way.
It still seems incredible to me that for more than 25 years now, I’ve been lucky enough to do what I love every day.
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