I'm a retired journalist in Washington, D.C. After nearly 30 years working for BNA publications (now part of Bloomberg), I enjoyed the freedom of freelancing, covering subjects ranging from personal finance to alternative energy. My mainstays as a freelancer have been writing about insurance and taxes, reporting from specialized data sets, and consulting on new products and processes for publishers and nonprofit organizations.
I have written for, edited, and developed publications, primarily for businesses and non-profits with niche audiences. I’ve worked on publications dealing with tax and accounting, banking and insurance, financial planning and investments, and environmental regulation—just to name a few subjects. I’ve edited and written for business-to-business publishers, community newspapers, magazines, websites, and specialty publications made to the client’s specifications.
My specialty as a business writer has been to find information that's relevant to my client's niche and then write about it in a way that makes the information accessible to the audience. I use data charts and graphs along with words to make my articles understandable to the client’s audience.
As a publication consultant and product developer, I brought skills of an astute researcher with a facility for assessing information needs and identifying sources to fill those needs. I have helped publishers focus on their audience and used my intuitive and responsive interviewing skills to gather information, whether for market studies, prototypes, or established publications.
I'm an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists, a former board member and chair of SPJ's Freelance Community. I believe independent workers will make up an increasing share of the journalism workforce in the next few years. Freelancing is hard, often lonely work. I'm committed to helping others succeed in the gig economy -- particularly mid-career news people who have been laid off and new reporters who need to figure out how to do their jobs outside of newsroom environments.