Resume

WORK EXPERIENCE


Freelance Writer, Red Tricycle (2016 to present)

  • Writing feature stories for the National and Los Angeles editions of Red Tricycle (www.redtri.com), an online guide for families reaching more than 5 million readers per month.

Features Writer, The Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Los Angeles, CA. (2005 to 2009) 

  • Writing daily lifestyle and entertainment stories for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, a group of nine daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Daily News, the Daily Breeze, and the Long Beach Press Telegram.
  • Writing a bi-weekly dating and relationships column.

Freelance Writer, Knock Knock Books, Venice, CA. (2009) 

  • Brainstorming and contributing to the development of two Knock Knock books: “Toasted: The Civilized and Uncivilized Guide to Raising Your Glass,” and, “Corporate Flashcards: Speak Suit in Mere Days.

Author, Various Publishers (2004 to 2011)

  • Author of 10 nonfiction books (see partial list below).

Writer/Editor, New York 1 News, New York, NY (2001 to 2003)

  • Writing and editing news stories for NY1.com, the website of New York 1 News, a 24-hour cable news station in New York City.

News Reporter, The Monterey Herald, Monterey, CA (1999 to 2000)

  • Writing daily news stories for the Monterey Herald, the newspaper for Monterey County.

EDUCATION


  • Master of Arts, Print Journalism
    University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Arts, English and Anthropology
    Tulane University

AWARDS/ HONORS


  • Two-time winner of Red Tricycle’s monthly Spoke Network Writing Contest. This award goes to the post that receives the most monthly page views for the site.   (Received in January 2019 and April 2019)
  • Nomination, Los Angeles Press Club, Southern California Journalism Awards, Columnist category, 2008 Awards.
  • Honorable mention, Suburban Newspaper Association of America Awards, Best Entertainment story of 2006 for Daily Breeze story, “It’s a Dog’s Life.”
  • Nomination, Los Angeles Press Club, Southern California Journalism Awards, Best News Feature of 2005 for Daily Breeze story, “It Just Might Work.”
  • Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Electronic Journalism.
    Awarded to NY1.com in 2003 for best large-market news website in the tri-state region (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania). The annual award is given by the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

PUBLISHED BOOKS


  • The Pregnancy Test: 150 Important, Embarrassing and Slightly Neurotic Questions
    Quirk Books/ May 2011
  • BE HAPPY THAT… This Book Isn’t Coated in Poison
    Random House/ Feb. 2009
  • DIS-Missals: Do-it-yourself Rejection Letters for Every Occasion
    Random House/ Feb. 2008
  • USE THIS BOOK! The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
    Quirk Books/ April 2006.
  • Date Him or Dump Him? The No-Nonsense Relationship Quiz
    Quirk Books/ July 2005.
  • BE SAFE! Simple Solutions for Death-Free Living
    Quirk Books/ Oct. 2004.
  • The Mysterious Times: Strange Stories of 30 Real-Life Mysteries
    Scholastic/ Aug. 2004.
  • The Explorer’s Gazette: Amazing Stories of 30 Real-Life Journeys
    Scholastic/ Aug. 2004.

PROJECTS


  • Founder, Kidwithacause.com 
    A home-based project dedicated to helping (my) kids develop empathy, kindness and a sense of philanthropy. Our “causes” have included writing letters to seniors, lemonade stands to raise money for a local animal rescue organization, and planting trees.
  • Founder, DearGrownupsOfEarth.com
    A grassroots collection of advice letters from kids everywhere to grown-ups everywhere.

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