Resume

Qualifications Summary

Dynamic, award-winning, writer and arts critic with extensive experience creating an array of feature articles, profiles, reviews, biographies, press releases and collateral materials. Finely-crafted skills include in-depth researching, interviewing, and ability to meet tight deadlines while targeting story ideas to specific audiences.

Professional Experience

2000 to present: Independent Writer

Develop, research and write effective articles for local, national, Internet and International publications. Provide key ideas and copy to editors for specifically targeted columns and series. Writing credits include: Chicago Tribune, Yoga Journal, Brides, Hemispheres,  Woman’s Day  Relish,Where, MSN, Chicago Reader Relish, Chicago Magazine, Salon Magazine, GO Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Rough Guide to Women Travel, Pathfinders Travel, Chicago Sun-Times, Midwest Living, Marriott Traveler, Travel Pulse, Orbitz, Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago, Miami Herald, and Mojo (British).

Staff Writer Positions

  • 2015-present,Orbitz-write regular blog posts about travel destinations and activities.
  • 2014-present, Travel Pulse-write a bi-weekly travel column covering the history, food and culture of international and domestic destinations.
  • 2014-present, DNAinfo Chicago- report, write and photograph stories about under-represented communities in Chicago.
  • 2012-present, Travel + Escape- Travel blogger for international travel website. Write and research extensive blog posts about travel experiences.
  • 2009-2012, Uptake.com -Travel blogger for national vacation website. Write and research blog posts about destinations and activities.
  • 2002-present, Illinois Entertainer – Columnist and music critic for regional monthly. Write  “Sweet Home”  a monthly blues column and “Foreign Exchange,” a monthly column focusing on global music, with an emphasis on African, Caribbean and Latin music. Review new album releases.
  • 2008-2010, Kirkus Discoveries - Book reviewer for national trade journal that supplies advance reviews to libraries, agents and bookstores.
  • 2003-2004, Match.com – Feature writer for national website, provide stories about relationships and dating for singles.

 Adjunct Journalism Professor, Columbia College Chicago

Teach courses in the magazine department, including Magazine Article Writing, Writing Reviews and Criticism and Fashion Journalism. Awarded grant to create an elective course, Hip Hop Culture & Criticism, for students interested in writing about hip hop music and youth culture.

Media Director, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Chicago

Wrote press releases, newsletters and brochure copy. Acted as media liaison.

Education

  • M.S., Journalism, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
  • B.S., Communications, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Professional Affiliation

  • Society of American Travel Writers
  • Association of Journalists and Authors

**References Provided Upon Request