After pursuing a fascination with the book arts at California College of the Arts and Reed College, I jumped the fence to editorial work to pay my way through graduate school. There was no turning back. I cut my teeth at a couple news publications, then enjoyed more than four years as the editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Calendar section, where I assigned, edited, and wrote for the popular "8 Days a Week" section, critic's choice items, and short film and theater reviews.
A move to UC Berkeley and university communications led to a focus on research news, first at the Institute of Transportation Studies and then at the College of Natural Resources (CNR). Notable achievements include winning the Gold Award from the Western division of CASE, the higher-education professional organization, for my leadership of Breakthroughs, CNR's biannual magazine, and co-producing a video in partnership with the National Park Service, which was later translated into seven languages by the U.S. State Department.
Covering pressing contemporary issues like climate change, public health, the food system, and transportation has proven meaningful and endlessly interesting. My passion for this work and expert-level skill set led me to my latest chapter: freelance writing and editing. See my blog of recently published work.
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