A writer and editor for more than twenty-five years, my work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today where I was the only writer granted on-set access to the cast and crew of Katharine Hepburn's final movie, One Christmas.
In 1995, I was invited by Derek Taylor, the Beatles longtime friend and press agent, to travel to London for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Beatles Anthology.
While there, I convinced the notoriously reclusive Neil Aspinall — a quiet force behind the Fab Four for more than four decades — to give me some one-on-one time.
In the course of my career, I've interviewed countless celebrities — from Hollywood royalty to American Icons — and written about an array of topics that range from lifestyle and trends to breakthroughs in medical research.
My career has taken me to the front line in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and into the home of a grieving family as they struggled to understand how the bite of a mere mosquito could cut short the life of their youngest son.
I chronicled the stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in the days following 9-11, and reported on the cantankerous debate in the U.S. Congress about V-Chip legislation, as well as the Congressional hearings on the effect of media violence on America's youth.
Education & beyond
After graduating from high school in northern Virginia, I studied theater at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, for two years where I shared the stage with a young Ray Liotta (Field of Dreams and Goodfellas) as he honed his craft in the university's Ring Theatre.
I transferred to Emerson College, in Boston, Mass. — alma mater of producer Norman Lear, actor Henry Winkler, and talk show host Jay Leno — where I earned a bachelors in theater in 1981.
In 1991, I was one of a handful of students selected to take part in a pilot masters program at American University in Washington, D.C., where I earned a masters in journalism in 1993.
A member of the Society of Professional Journalists, I take seriously the importance of ensuring the landscape of the profession adhere to the highest of standards. To that end, while an editor at the Houston Chronicle, in Houston, Texas, I worked with high school journalism students who participated in the Chronicle's "Chronicle Classroom" program, the goal of which is to nurture young writers and help prepare them for a career in the field. In addition, I am involved with the National Scholastic Press Association, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that provides journalism education to students, teachers and others.