I’ve been reporting, writing and opining since fifth grade, when I started documenting my family life in a small notebook hidden in my backpack. I had my first byline at 16, an event so amazing that I burst into my best friend’s history class to scream, “LOOK AT THIS!” while pointing at my name in print. I’ve pretty much been at it ever since. Currently, I’m a featured op-ed writer at the Arizona Daily Star every other week, writing from a center-left perspective on some issues and a center-right position on others. Makes me pretty much a centrist, which drives our black-versus-white world just a little bit crazy.
I started my professional life as a food writer and education reporter, then moved to a freelance career selling weekly columns to various newspapers and writing features and op-eds for the Catholic press. I’ve won some awards for my work in all these areas, and have had the opportunity to interview some amazing people, including the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Shaquille O’Neal and Gloria Steinem. For selected work samples – including that interview with Steinem – and a complete work history, click here.
I believe strongly in the common good, an idea that has fallen out of favor in our hyper-individualized world, and think we would all do better if we realized our actions affect other people — and the planet. I’m highly interested in criminal justice reform, a concern I’ve had since I first reported on Oregon’s rehabilitation system when I was a college student way back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Other interests include educational equity, parenting, racial and social inequality, the marginalization of elder voices and First Nations.
I love really good coffee and chocolate, funny movies and being active outside. I’ve never met a stranger, have survived improv classes and performed live storytelling here and here. I’m the co-founder of four amazing young adults and am wrapped around the finger of a 4-year-old grandson. My heroes include the late Erma Bombeck, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., all teachers (especially those in kindergarten and first grade), every person who suffers from anxiety or depression and still gets out of bed in the morning, the female scientists of Hidden Figures, and all the women of the much-maligned Baby Boomer generation who fought for the benefits Gen-Xers, Millennials and iGen women now enjoy.