I believe a good article starts with a story, and I attempt to bring the personal element into all the pieces I write. I have been a freelance journalist for over 20 years. I currently write the “Second Acts” articles in The Wall Street Journal’s Encore section, which focuses on those who have made dramatic career shifts late in life. My work has appeared regularly in dozens of the nation’s most highly read publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, AARP Bulletin, Parents, MORE and Family Circle. I have also contributed several pieces, on-air, to public radio. Other publications I have written for over the past two years are: The Fiscal Times, Advertising Age, Automotive News, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, Redbook, Technology Review and the in-flight magazines American Way and Hemispheres. I started as an environmental reporter for the trade journal, Inside EPA in Washington, D.C. My background in the environment spiraled into many other areas, especially the automotive industry. But in my 20-plus years as a freelance journalist, my constant thirst for knowledge has sent me pursuing a host of disparate topics. In a typical week, it’s not unusual for me to simultaneously report about the financial struggles facing retirees, the hot new Super Bowl ads, the value of keeping a journal when you’re pregnant and the role of sociologists in shaping the climate change debate. Lately, much of the subject of my coverage has been on aging and the way boomers are reinventing retirement.
For over 15 years, I’ve been co-teaching an environmental and public health journalism class at the University of Michigan. I’m a founder of The Society of Environmental Journalists, an 1,100 member professional organization dedicated to enhancing the quality and quantity of environmental reporting. One of my public radio stories was part of a documentary, “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future,” that won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. I’ve also won numerous Society of Professional Journalist awards for my feature stories.