About Me

A fifth-generation Northwest native, I am a seasoned, award-winning freelance writer, as well as an editor and author, with roots in public relations.

Writer

With more than 20 years of experience as a writer, I have traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe, conceptualizing and writing stories for in-flights, AAA publications, regional travel magazines, tourism publications and digital travel guides.

Magazine Editor

The skills and insights acquired during my earlier career in public relations agencies gave me a perfect launch pad for editorial work, first as the executive editor at Sea Kayaker magazine and then as the long-time managing editor of Alaska Airlines Magazine. I also conceptualized and launched a new magazine for Washington State Ferries. Until recently, I was the senior editor of AAA Journey magazine, Washington state and North Idaho’s award-winning publication.

Author

I am the author of two books: Michelin Must-Sees: Pacific Northwest and Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids. In addition, I have researched and edited chapters in several Michelin guides—the worldwide gold standard of guidebooks.

Public Relations

As a public relations executive for 15 years, I held positions at some of the city's largest agencies, specializing in media relations, special events and writing, primarily for food and hospitality clients. I was also a food specialist, developing recipes and working as a food stylist. Among my clients were Westin Hotels & Resorts, Beefeater's Gin, the Washington Raspberry Commission, Darigold and the Washington State Dairy Commission.

Writing Awards

Society of Professional Journalists Award
Time Travel, Alaska Airlines Magazine, 2013
 
Society of Professional Journalists Award
Fragile Beauty: Endangered Butterflies, Alaska Airlines Magazine, 2012
 
Society of Professional Journalists Award
Playing in Ashland, AAA Journey, 2011

Speaking Engagements

Whidbey-Camano Islands Tourism—"Working with Travel Writers 101”

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Olympic Peninsula Tourism--"How to Pitch to a Travel Writer"


Go World Travel magazine, staff workshop—"Travel Writing 101”


Public Relations Society of America, Seattle Chapter—"What Editors Want”


Midwest Sea Kayak Symposium—"Journaling as a Starting Point for Travel Writing”

Professional Organizations

Society of American Travel Writers