I became a writer by accident. It all started when I found a relevant purpose for my advanced degree in Theater Arts: writing stage and movie reviews for Las Vegas Weekly. Since then, my work has been published in numerous media outlets, including: The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Tablet, National Lampoon, Los Angeles Daily News, Back Stage, Dramatics and Stage Directions magazines.
My portfolio is diverse. I have written about everything from my opinion of the plastic bag ban in Los Angeles (and other tree-hugging cities) to essays about my personal failures as an actress and pet parent. I have also reported on a wide swath of topics, from medical malpractice rates to mystery shoppers. Even when I write satire, I ultimately aim to reveal a bigger truth.
After returning to Southern California, I earned a second master's degree in journalism and continued to build my writing portfolio. I spent two years as a full-time features reporter for The Press-Enterprise, a mid-sized daily newspaper serving Inland Southern California.
Eventually, I took a job as a Senior Writer and Media Relations Manager for a law school in Los Angeles, where I spent 11 years in academic public relations. During this time, I also wrote profiles of businesses and entrepreneurs for private PR firms and clients. I also have assisted with nonfiction book projects and ghostwritten blogs for major media sites.
In 2013, I became an adjunct journalism professor and spent thee and half years as the faculty adviser for the student newspaper at a community college in the greater Los Angeles area. Beginning in fall 2017 semester, I will teach journalism full-time at Bakersfield College.
In my spare time, I focus on my passions: personal essays and editorial writing. I love dogs and watching "Judge Judy."