435 N. Michigan Avenue
4th Floor Tribune Tower
I'm currently part of the Tribune's investigations/consumer watchdog team, where I specialize in writing in-depth stories about health and medicine. Every month, I prepare a column about seniors' health concerns that's distributed to all of the Tribune Co. newspapers. I also write often about patient safety, the quality of medical care, public health, health care policy, and patients' experiences with the healthcare system. From 1998 to 2003, I was a Tribune national correspondent responsible for covering stories of interest in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain West. Before that, I was a reporter for the Tribune's business section, responsible for covering the business of health care.
I grew up in Chicago, on the North side, in a two flat with my grandparents living downstairs. They were Russian immigrants who valued education above all else. My passion for healthcare arises out of personal experience: my mom had multiple sclerosis for 63 years, throughout my childhood and most of my adulthood. After going east to college, I moved to New York City and attended journalism school at Columbia University. Soon after, I started at a trade magazine that focused on the healthcare industry. I've never looked back.
My family comes first, always. Both my kids are now in college in St. Louis. When we're not paying bills (!), my husband and I like to listen to music (classical is my favorite), go to the movies, and head out occasionally for a hike. I'm a devoted cook, a prodigious reader, and I spend a lot of time keeping up with friends living across the country. In the evening, you might catch me knitting and having a glass of wine. Once or twice a month, it's poker night, girls only!