Bio
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About Me

I’m a Seattle-based freelance writer and editor with an avid interest in biology, biomedicine, ecology, green technology, and unconventional travel destinations. After shifting course from a career in microbiology, I’ve accumulated more than 12 years of journalism experience and have written for more than 20 publications ranging from The New York Times to Cancer Cytopathology. Before becoming a journalist, I received my PhD in microbiology from the University of Washington in Seattle. For my doctoral dissertation, I analyzed a protein that helps ferry sugar into bacterial cells, making it a potential model for studying similar proteins linked to cystic fibrosis and multi-drug resistance to cancer.

I then received a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and interned at the Salinas Californian and at Newsday in Melville, New York. In 2000, I accepted a staff position at Newsday as a member of the science desk, where I spent the next seven years writing extensively about genetics, stem cell research and cloning, evolution, ecology, and conservation.

While at Newsday, I was one of four principal writers on the award-winning, 13-part “Long Island: Our Natural World” series, which we subsequently converted into a field guide. I also wrote “Saving Bobby,” a multiple award-winning, 12,000-word feature about the frantic effort to save a toddler whose father had accidentally driven over his head.

Since 2007, I’ve been a freelance writer and editor (see a list of my other writing and editing services here). In my spare time I enjoy photography, singing, and renovating the 1906 Craftsman house where I live with my partner Geoff.

Awards

National Institute for Healthcare Management (NIHCM) Foundation,
Health Care Print Journalism Award Finalist, “HM@15” Series, 2012

Association of Health Care Journalists Awards,
First Place in Large Newspapers & Wire Services Category for “Saving Bobby,” 2007

Deadline Club Award,
Best Feature Reporting in Newspapers & Wire Services Category for “Saving Bobby,” 2007

New York Press Club Award,
Best Web Exclusive Content, “Saving Bobby,” 2007

Press Club of Long Island Award,
Best Online Multimedia Reporting, “Saving Bobby,” 2007

Newsday Publisher’s Award,
Feature Reporting, “Saving Bobby,” 2006

Press Club of Long Island Award,
Coverage of West Nile Virus, 2005 and 2001

Newsday Publisher’s Award,
Team Enterprise Reporting, “Our Natural World” Series, 2003

Fellowships & Presentations

National Tropical Botanical Garden Environmental Journalism Fellowship, 2008

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Science Writing Fellowship, 2002

Arizona State University Reynolds Center for Business Journalism,
“Covering the Green Economy” Seminar, Presenter, 2010

Affiliations

Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA) Member, 2008 to present

National Association of Science Writers (NASW) Member, 1999 to present