I’m a writer with a passion for telling stories. I believe that great storytelling can remind of us of our shared humanity, move us to action, and transform the world. For the past several years, I have built a career working in non-profits as what I call a “storyteller for good.” I am also a freelance writer and occasional blogger. (If I’m going to ask other people to let me tell their stories, I should be willing to tell a little bit of my own.)
I started my writing career as a newspaper reporter covering crime and courts in the eastern North Carolina town of Kinston. At 22, I was watching death penalty trials and rushing to murder scenes in the middle of the night. (Only a couple of them were in the parking lot of the apartment complex where I lived.) I also spent 11 years with the Raleigh News & Observer, covering rural North Carolina, agriculture, and immigration. For many years, being a reporter was my identity and my tribe. After I was laid off in 2010, I finally figured out that newspapers are just one of many ways to add good to the world.
I was born in Delaware and grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, but for the past two decades, I have made North Carolina my home. I am in awe of this big, beautiful planet we live on. Outdoor adventuring with my family is my favorite way to spend my time off. I consider great novels, good beer, and expertly brewed coffee to be some of the most sublime pleasures on Earth. I believe in authenticity at all costs, as anyone who knows me can attest. I live in Raleigh with my husband, Todd, my elementary-aged daughter, Amelia, and my dog, Ruby. I have so much to be grateful for.