I love feature writing. 

I wrote an award-winning fashion column for the Boulder Daily Camera. For about 15 years, I was primarily a features writer there, covering fitness, pop culture, health, music, religion, food, home and garden, family, arts and youth. I wrote a fitness column for the newspaper for more than a decade. 

I am a leader in digital journalism.


For two years, I worked on Media News Group's IdeaLab, an elite team of journalists nationwide who explored how to use new media and technology to improve the field. I am the "Modern Lois Lane," a mobile journalist.

My experience spans social media campaigns, building websites, teaching college-level workshops about mobile journalism, filming and editing videos and blogging.


If words are involved, so am I.


See my resume for more info.


I am a storyteller.


I am a professional journalist. For years, I was a blogger for the Huffington Post Weird News and a travel contributor for USA Today 10Best.com. 


Books are my jam.


I have edited and contributed to more than 50 books, including for Alpha/Penguin publishing (codeswitching.biz) and Random House, as well as multiple Amazon best-sellers and award-winners. I've ghostwritten several full novels, too, but I can't tell you about them or I would have to kill you. 


I also enjoy writing short stories, mostly nonfiction-inspired and suspense. 

I specialize in travel writing. 


I was the head writer and editor for TravelBoulder.com. I was involved with crafting the editorial vision and helping launch the product. 

I was the Colorado Travel Expert for TripSavvy, one of the top 10 travel websites with 6.3 million monthly visitors a month. TripSavvy is a part of Dotdash (formerly About.com), which was named Digiday's Publisher of the Year in 2018.

I write travel articles for USA Today 10Best.com (one of the top travel sites in North America), SpaTravelGal.com (considered the world's most influential voice in luxury and spa travel) and Fodor's Travel Guides (the world's largest English-language travel guide company, published by RandomHouse). Fodors.com gets 4 million unique visitors each month; has a half a million social media followers; and distributes 300 different print and eBook guides. 


As a Colorado native, I aimed to be the nation's top writer on Colorado travel.


I regularly write for Denver Life Magazine, often on travel, both statewide and internationally (China, Aruba, Iceland, Peru). I also covered travel for ShopAtHome.com (12 million unique visitors per month).


I traveled Haiti and Africa to write award-winning, in-depth, narrative-style articles about the economic and health plights. I studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and am fluent in German.



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