I’ve been in journalism for 19 years, which is to say I’ve spent almost two decades learning how to tell stories. Born and bred in Kentucky, I started working right out of college for CBS News in New York City. One September morning, I took the train to Washington, D.C.—I’ve always been intrigued with how the laws that govern our lives get made—and I’ve been here ever since. I worked in television then, for ABC News and Fox News predominately. After seven years of the 24/7 on-call lifestyle, I went back to school at Georgetown University, where I read big thoughts of great writers, and earned a Master’s degree in Humanities. During my studies, I found my way to National Geographic where I became a staff writer for their magazine.
My personal and professional travels have taken me from the Pacific Ocean’s floor in a submersible called Alvin to the top the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. I’ve trekked through rice paddies in Indonesia, SCUBAed for underwater treasures in Eastern Europe, had tea in the Sahara and visited a thousand places in between. I love seeing the world, but more than that, I love to hear stories of the fascinating people and creatures in it.
I’ve covered politics and presidential campaigns as well as archaeology, marine biology, and cultural anthropology stories all over the planet. Despite delays and cramped seating, airplanes are exciting to me because they usually indicate a door opening to a new adventure. In addition to National Geographic magazine, my writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, where I was the National Affairs Reporter, The Washington Post, George, and in the anthology A Woman’s Europe. I also write a column, “Mama Tricks” for the website www.thewellmom.com
These days, I have many jobs. I’m a full-time contract editor at AARP, a full-time mother of two small, energetic people, and am writing a book about a tiger family in India. I also try to be a friend who listens and a wife who still dates her husband, not to mention a neighbor who occasionally tries to get together with the folks down the street.