Resume

WORK EXPERIENCE

April 2003-Present

February 2000-April 2003

  • Executive editor, Yachting magazine

January 1997-February 2000

  • Copy editor, assistant metro editor, interim bureau chief, and night metro editor at The Journal News, White Plains, New York

December 1995-December 1996

  • Copy editor, The New Haven Register, New Haven, Connecticut

August 1994-December 1995

  • Copy editor and page designer, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

August 1992-August 1994

  • Dow Jones editing internship, Newsday, Melville, New York
  • Reporting internship, Asbury Park Press, Neptune, New Jersey
  • Reporter, copy editor, page designer, The Missourian, Columbia, Missouri
  • Freelance writer, Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Missouri

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • 2017 NJ Society of Professional Journalists writing competition: second place, best independent blog, for this article about dog auctions on my website DogMerchants.com; second place, best magazine feature writing, for this article on Salon.com about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show; second place, best state/regional editorial writing, for this piece in The Washington Post about political vitriol causing harm to dogs in the commercial breeding industry
  • 2016 Boating Writers International Contest: first place, news and analysis category (for this article about virtual reality in yacht building in Yachts International); second place, news and analysis category (for this article about the Miami International Boat Show in Yachting); Certificate of Merit, business of boating category (for this article about boat-show security in Compass)
  • 2016 Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition, Best Reference Book, The Dog Merchants
  • 2016 Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition, one of four finalists for best article or blog post, for “Hydra: New Jersey’s Just Pups and the Puppy Mill Monster” on DogMerchants.com
  • 2015 Boating Writers International Contest: first place, news and analysis category (for a piece about Florida’s aging bridges in Yachts International) and Certificate of Merit, travel/destinations category (for this piece about yacht charter in Antarctica, in Yachting)
  • 2014 Boating Writers International Contest, third place, news and analysis category (for a piece about drones in Yachts International); honorable mention, photography and travel categories
  • 2014 Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition, finalist, best op-ed (for a piece in Boston Globe Magazine)
  • 2013 Boating Writers International Contest, third place, ethics and environment category
  • 2013 American Society of Journalists and Authors writing contest, honorable mention (one of five books honored), best general-interest nonfiction book, for Little Boy Blue
  • 2012 Boating Writers International Writing Contest, first place, megayachts category; second place, news, issues and analysis category; honorable mention, online category for CharterWave
  • 2012 Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition, Merial Human-Animal Bond Award, for Little Boy Blue
  • 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year, gold medal, best pet book, for Little Boy Blue
  • 2012 Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition, finalist (one of four), best general interest or reference book, for Little Boy Blue
  • 2011 Boating Writers International Writing Contest, honorable mention, megayachts category
  • 2010 Boating Writers International Writing Contest, second place, original online content category for CharterWave
  • 2009 Boating Writers International Writing Contest, first place, original online content category for CharterWave; honorable mention, travel/destinations category
  • 2007 Boating Writers International Writing Contest, second place, travel/destinations category; second place, megayachts category
  • 2007 Reader’s Choice Designation for Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Charter Vacations. Awarded for volume of sales through commercial channels
  • 2006 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book award for Tools of Native Americans: A Kid’s Guide to the History and Culture of the First Americans
  • 2006 ForeWord Best Travel Guide Book Competition, finalist, for Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Charter Vacations
  • 2005 Arlene for Magazine Articles from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for “The Crisis Cops,” about how Crisis Intervention Team training helps police officers work better with mentally ill offenders. The cover feature appeared in Northeast magazine and inspired $2 million in funding for CIT programs in Connecticut
  • 2004 Boating Writers International Writing Contest, second place, travel/destinations category; second place, profiles category; certificate of merit, safety/seamanship category
  • 2004 Mental Illness Awareness Media Awards Competition, first place, print category, from the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, for “The Crisis Cops” in Northeast magazine
  • 2003 Excellence in Journalism Award for In-Depth Reporting finalist, from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, for “Treated and Released, a Northeast magazine cover feature about having been attacked by a man suffering from untreated schizophrenia
  • 2003 Boating Writers International Writing Contest, first place, features in newspapers category; certificate of merit, travel/destinations category
  • 2003 Power & Motoryacht Staff Appreciation, Never Misses A Deadline Award

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

EDUCATION

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, bachelor’s degree, news sequence, 1994

HOBBIES

I enjoy cooking, wine tasting, reading, swimming, scuba diving and hiking alongside my rescued mutts, Blue and Ginger. For a few years, I did triathlons, but now I only run when chased. And never again in Spandex.