Writing & Communication

From a young age, I – and the awesome, supportive adults in my life – knew I had a talent for writing. I contributed to my school newspapers in elementary, middle, and high school, and decided to major in journalism because it seemed like a viable career path that involved my favorite hobby: being a grammar snob.

Then the recession hit, and jobs in media became harder to come by. After a year as a full-time copy editor, I pursued a freelance writing career, which had its highs (helping launch a local blog) and lows (producing articles for content farms). Eventually, the economy forced me to get creative, applying my skills for proofreading and attention to detail to other career pursuits, such as writing sales proposals. When I worked as a business analyst, my communication skills became more important than ever; a good BA has to capture every detail of a software project and ensure every team member, from web developers to customer service agents, understand how the program is supposed to work.

I have also worked on the “dark side” of the journalism spectrum, aka public relations, by helping local organizations and activists create press releases and work on media outreach. I’m available for freelance work helping candidates and causes craft effective communication strategies; if you need help getting the word out, get in touch.

My husband (a fiction writer) and I occasionally publish essays about the Midwest and pop culture at The Flyover.

Other recent publications:

Here are a few older clips I’m proud of:

  • Profile of local character “Bicycle Bob” for Naked City magazine
  • Reporting on a candlelight vigil honoring murdered abortion provider Dr. George Tiller for the Wichita Eagle (Note: This piece was part of a package of stories that received a Kansas Press Club award for breaking news coverage)
  • A profile of Jim VandeHei, cofounder of Politico, for our alma mater’s alumni magazine