Freelance Writer, Editor, & Content Specialist
With 10 years of experience as a journalist and content specialist in New York City, Washington, D.C., France, and now Chicago, I write about work/life issues, health, and travel and offer communication services that include writing and editing web copy, blogs, media materials, and other branded content for organizations, and other aspects of digital content support, like SEO optimization, conceptualizing graphics and identifying and organizing existing assets, and creating information architectures. (View my work also by past projects).
My work experience is eclectic but united by a passion for the craft of writing, social issues, and skillful communication. Fundamentally, I love telling an authentic story, playing with and economizing words, and strategizing about how best to reach people. My journalistic work has appeared in Chicago Magazine, Doist, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, Huffington Post, Forbes, Law360, and News 21. I’ve written content for a SaaS technology company, healthcare organizations, universities, legal news websites, and a financial search engine, among others.
I was born and grew up in Chicago and its near north suburbs. I earned a bachelor of arts in history at Northwestern University and spent a semester abroad at Sciences Po in Paris.
Like many liberal arts majors, I had a vague idea I wanted to go to law school. So after graduating, I moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a paralegal at the Federal Trade Commission. There, I helped out with cases and regulatory work related to areas like digital marketing, internet privacy, environmental labeling, health supplements, and subprime lending (leading up to the 2008 mortgage crisis, no less). An experience contributing to an FTC blog about technology — one of the federal government’s first blogs! — helped me see I wanted to write for a living — just not legal briefs.
So I moved to New York City to study journalism at Columbia University. After graduating, I worked as a reporter for legal news site Law 360 and then in communication for Columbia’s School of Public Health and NYU Langone Health.
In 2018, I left my job to start freelance writing and communications and follow a dream of living and working abroad. I lived in France from fall 2018 to spring 2019, where I taught English, improved my language skills, discovered the southwest, surfed, visited my grandma’s childhood home in Germany, and earned a WSET 2 certificate in wine and spirits.
I am now back in the Chicago-area, and it’s good to be home!
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