Congratulate me on surviving my first year as a freelance writer! A year ago, I left my traditional journalism job in Dallas to move to Northern California to write at the beach.
I mainly write about business, personal finance, technology, travel and health/fitness. My work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and The Dallas Morning News. I also write content marketing for the American Heart Association, RBC Wealth Management-U.S. and Texas Instruments Inc.
I’ve worked as a multimedia reporter and writer across the country for over 20 years. Most recently, I was a business reporter for The Dallas Morning News, one of the nation’s largest metro dailies, and dallasnews.com. I mainly covered the economy, aviation and technology, but I also wrote about entrepreneurs, commercial real estate and media. I’ve also written travel stories on the side for about 15 years.
My expertise lies in storytelling, spotting trends, interpreting data, translating complex concepts for sophisticated consumer audiences and sharing key company messages with employees and the world.
In Dallas, I described the lingering impact of the Great Recession on people, including the difficulty laid-off older workers faced in finding a job and the long-term unemployed. I also documented the booming post-recession economy of the Dallas area and Texas and how American Airlines rebuilt itself into the world’s largest carrier after bankruptcy.
At The News, I was a top print and digital producer. I wrote about 170 print articles, including at least a dozen front-page stories, each year from 2011 to 2015. For digital, I helped boost average monthly page views on blogs to over 2 million. I built more than 2,200 Twitter followers, and still counting. I led the newspaper’s committee for advanced digital training and was active on committees for newsroom communication and collaboration; digital strategy; and visual journalism.
In 2015, I traveled to Taiwan and Singapore as an journalism fellow with the East-West Center. From there, I blogged, tweeted and wrote stories about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Texas Instruments’ automated warehouse in Singapore and a Texas family living in Taipei.
In 2014, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers chose me and 11 other national participants for the inaugural Goldschmidt Data Immersion Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
In my free time, I run, bicycle, hike and explore the world.