633 N. Orange Avenue
Senior Specialty Writer
I write about the sprawling world of social services, nonprofits and volunteerism. Typically, that means covering some of the most urgent issues of our times -- including homelessness, poverty and child welfare -- and the people working to make a difference on those issues. There is never a shortage of story ideas.
Grew up in California, got a bachelor's degree in social science from the University of California at Berkeley and moved to a small town in the Sierras, where I worked as a stringer for the San Francisco Examiner. My first newsroom job was for the Reno Gazette-Journal, where I was variously a copy editor, general-assignment reporter, medical reporter and features writer. I jumped east of the Mississippi to work at the Orlando Sentinel's award-winning Florida Magazine as a staff writer, and I've since been privileged to cover everything from a nurse's mission in rural Haiti to Florida's competitive wet T-shirt circuit.
Bicycling, hiking, triathlons, spending time with dogs (actual dogs, not figurative ones), all kinds of music, spending time with family and friends, films and literature, cultural anthropology, volunteerism