200 E. Las Olas Blvd
Deerfield Beach office
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Senior Editorial Writer, Health Columnist
As a health writer for the Lifestyle section, my focus is on finding unique and interesting health trends, innovations and events in the South Florida health care, hospital and patient community, and describing them in a way that demonstrates to local residents what those changes mean to them with clear, conscise and informative writing. I also look for stories that capture the patient experience in South Florida, a competitve, fast-evolving health care marketplace. My other duties include writing feature brights for the Lifestyle cover, the health page and occasionally other sections of the newspaper. I also manage the Sun Sentinel's Facebook and Twitter health page accounts, posting about once an hour on weekdays, and I manage the newspaper's online health page, making sure the collection is updated daily with fresh content.
A Fort Lauderdale native, I'm a Stranahan High alum and a graduate of Tufts University, where I received a bachelor of arts degree in English literature in 1988. I have a master's degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and have spent the past 25+ years in the newspaper business -- the last 20 with my hometown paper, the Sun Sentinel (since 1994). I started out as a Palm Beach County government reporter, then covered courts and general assignment before landing a dream job on the Editorial Board in 2004. I have since taken on a beat close to my heart (as the only member of my family not in the medical field), covering health. My husband, Rich, and I live west of Boynton Beach with our two girls, Baylee and Krista, and one very yappy dog, Rocky.
In my spare time, I help my husband run a nonprofit fishing academy that educates at-risk kids on the rewards and opportunities of responsible fishing, and I serve as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem, a court-appointed advocate for abused, abandoned and neglected kids. My real joy, other than spending time with my family, is long-distance running. Oh, yeah, and Scrabble. Wanna play?
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