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With nearly two decades of journalism experience, I’ve learned many lessons on what makes a good story. Today, I spend about half of my time writing narrative non-fiction for magazines, newspapers and websites. The other half is spent working with corporate clients to share their stories with a broader audience through marketing, public relations and social media. In both worlds, the goal is the same: to get to the heart of the story.

 
  American Express OPEN Forum    The New Co-Working Spaces    From bars to breweries, co-working and the hospitality industry make good officemates. Have you worked in a lobby lately?

American Express OPEN Forum
The New Co-Working Spaces

From bars to breweries, co-working and the hospitality industry make good officemates. Have you worked in a lobby lately?

  Chicago Tribune    Soft Serve Is The Country’s Cool, New Treat    The frozen confection, made with high-end ingredients and fanciful toppings, is well worth the impending brain freeze.

Chicago Tribune
Soft Serve Is The Country’s Cool, New Treat

The frozen confection, made with high-end ingredients and fanciful toppings, is well worth the impending brain freeze.

  AZA’s CONNECT Magazine    A Safe Haven    The SAFE initiative—Saving Animals from Extinction—is helping zoos and aquariums flex their conservation muscles.

AZA’s CONNECT Magazine
A Safe Haven

The SAFE initiative—Saving Animals from Extinction—is helping zoos and aquariums flex their conservation muscles.

  Frommers.com    Kohler, Wisconsin Is Flush With Tourism Appeal—And It’s Not Just The Plumbing    Once a company town, still a company town. Now with stellar food, outdoorsy options and a showroom with $7,000 smart toilets. 

Frommers.com
Kohler, Wisconsin Is Flush With Tourism Appeal—And It’s Not Just The Plumbing

Once a company town, still a company town. Now with stellar food, outdoorsy options and a showroom with $7,000 smart toilets. 

  The Washington Post    In Wisconsin, Visitors Can Literally Dip Their Toes Into The Cranberry Harvest    Take a ride down the Cranberry Highway to sample pie and step into marshes. Don't forget your waders!

The Washington Post
In Wisconsin, Visitors Can Literally Dip Their Toes Into The Cranberry Harvest

Take a ride down the Cranberry Highway to sample pie and step into marshes. Don't forget your waders!

  American Express OPEN Forum    How A New Business Partner Helped Revitalize A Chicago Institution    After more than 30 years, the owner of Arun’s knew business was slowing down. But instead of closing, he found a new partner that helped him turn the tables.

American Express OPEN Forum
How A New Business Partner Helped Revitalize A Chicago Institution

After more than 30 years, the owner of Arun’s knew business was slowing down. But instead of closing, he found a new partner that helped him turn the tables.

  CityLab    Indie Bookstores Embrace The Side Hustle    A rebounding industry is finding success by doing what Amazon can’t. So grab a drink, make some friends and stay awhile.

CityLab
Indie Bookstores Embrace The Side Hustle

A rebounding industry is finding success by doing what Amazon can’t. So grab a drink, make some friends and stay awhile.

  Chicago Health Magazine    Be The Death Of Me    Heroin deaths are rising as state-funded treatment falls in Illinois.   This story was honored with a Peter Lisagor Award by the Chicago Headline Club.

Chicago Health Magazine
Be The Death Of Me

Heroin deaths are rising as state-funded treatment falls in Illinois.

This story was honored with a Peter Lisagor Award by the Chicago Headline Club.

  The Washington Post          Want to avoid getting skimmed? Follow this advice     from security expert Brian Krebs    Avoid ATMs on weekends, choose your gas pump wisely and other tips to keep your finances safe, while on the road and at home. 

The Washington Post
Want to avoid getting skimmed? Follow this advice from security expert Brian Krebs

Avoid ATMs on weekends, choose your gas pump wisely and other tips to keep your finances safe, while on the road and at home. 

  Saveur    The Drinker's Guide To Stocking Your Windowsill    Beyond basil and thyme: five hard-to-find but delicious herbs to upgrade your drinks that you can grow yourself.

Saveur
The Drinker's Guide To Stocking Your Windowsill

Beyond basil and thyme: five hard-to-find but delicious herbs to upgrade your drinks that you can grow yourself.

  The Washington Post    Is There A Doctor On Board? Managing Medical Emergencies At 30,000 Feet    It happens more than you think: someone gets sick in mid-air. Fortunately, three times out of four, a trained professional is there to help out.

The Washington Post
Is There A Doctor On Board? Managing Medical Emergencies At 30,000 Feet

It happens more than you think: someone gets sick in mid-air. Fortunately, three times out of four, a trained professional is there to help out.

  Men’s Health    6 Tips For Walking 26.2 Miles: The DIY Marathon    Think the idea of 26.2 miles is extreme? Try walking it. Here are some tips if you want to roll your own marathon.

Men’s Health
6 Tips For Walking 26.2 Miles: The DIY Marathon

Think the idea of 26.2 miles is extreme? Try walking it. Here are some tips if you want to roll your own marathon.

  Maxim    The Texas Whiskey Rush    The Lone Star State legalized distilling then did what it does best and went big. Read on for a shot of Texas gold. 

Maxim
The Texas Whiskey Rush

The Lone Star State legalized distilling then did what it does best and went big. Read on for a shot of Texas gold. 

  Crain’s Chicago Business    When Fact And Fiction And Intertwine    She calls herself a born-again lawyer. When her legal and novel writing worlds collided, Laura Caldwell's career was forever changed.

Crain’s Chicago Business
When Fact And Fiction And Intertwine

She calls herself a born-again lawyer. When her legal and novel writing worlds collided, Laura Caldwell's career was forever changed.

  The Washington Post    In Budapest, Ruin Pubs, A Cat Cafe, Thermal Baths And A Nightlife That Hardly Quits    Hungary for adventure? This capitol city really knows how to party.

The Washington Post
In Budapest, Ruin Pubs, A Cat Cafe, Thermal Baths And A Nightlife That Hardly Quits

Hungary for adventure? This capitol city really knows how to party.

  Travel Mindset    Chicago To Canada Or Bust    How a bicycle got me from Chicago to Canada (with only one short detour to the emergency room along the way). 

Travel Mindset
Chicago To Canada Or Bust

How a bicycle got me from Chicago to Canada (with only one short detour to the emergency room along the way). 

  The Washington Post    Pie-Eyed For Pizza: A Love Story    Now that I'm married to this pizza nerd, I love this story—about how we met, and his love of all things sliced—even more. 

The Washington Post
Pie-Eyed For Pizza: A Love Story

Now that I'm married to this pizza nerd, I love this story—about how we met, and his love of all things sliced—even more. 

  Spirit , Southwest Airlines Magazine   Dynamo, Mississippi    This unstoppable woman got a city in Mississippi, aka the “Fattest State in the Nation” to lose a collective 30,000 pounds. 

Spirit, Southwest Airlines Magazine
Dynamo, Mississippi

This unstoppable woman got a city in Mississippi, aka the “Fattest State in the Nation” to lose a collective 30,000 pounds. 

  Spirit,  Southwest Airlines Magazine   How Mya Saved Jacob    When this this war-rattled veteran had nearly given up hope, he found an extraordinary soul who ended the nightmares.

Spirit, Southwest Airlines Magazine
How Mya Saved Jacob

When this this war-rattled veteran had nearly given up hope, he found an extraordinary soul who ended the nightmares.

  Spirit , Southwest Airlines Magazine   Turning Pink    A year embedded in Mary Kay Cosmetics turned this shy writer into a gutsy moneymaker. Hint: It wasn't the lipstick.

Spirit, Southwest Airlines Magazine
Turning Pink

A year embedded in Mary Kay Cosmetics turned this shy writer into a gutsy moneymaker. Hint: It wasn't the lipstick.

  Luxury Las Vegas Magazine    Elves On Ice: A Christmas Journey To Iceland    The ‘Hidden Worlds’ tour gives insight into a world of little people, who do far more than bake cookies and help Santa.

Luxury Las Vegas Magazine
Elves On Ice: A Christmas Journey To Iceland

The ‘Hidden Worlds’ tour gives insight into a world of little people, who do far more than bake cookies and help Santa.

  Spirit , Southwest Airlines Magazine   True Story    For the formerly wayward O.T. Powell, a storytelling nonprofit known as The Moth led to confession—and redemption.

Spirit, Southwest Airlines Magazine
True Story

For the formerly wayward O.T. Powell, a storytelling nonprofit known as The Moth led to confession—and redemption.

  Men’s Health Magazine    Jack O'Neill: The Innovator Of Surf    The free-spirited inventor of the wetsuit reflects on a life amid the waves. 

Men’s Health Magazine
Jack O'Neill: The Innovator Of Surf

The free-spirited inventor of the wetsuit reflects on a life amid the waves. 

  DivineCaroline.com    O, Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree    How the bright and sparkly aluminum Christmas tree is also a part of my family tree.

DivineCaroline.com
O, Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree

How the bright and sparkly aluminum Christmas tree is also a part of my family tree.

 

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