As a freelance writer and editor, I’ve enjoyed health, science, relationship, business, and lifestyle topics and covered everything from dating advice to how to protect your hearing. My work has appeared everywhere from The Washington Post and Men’s Health to Playboy, and I even contributed to U.S. News & World Report’s website and first ebook How to Live to 100.
I formerly served as a staff writer and editor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of External Affairs, where I managed and created digital content on deadline (including articles for consumers, blog posts and other materials for professional audiences, social media posts, and videos). There, I also specialized in developing content for women and audiences of color, working closely with the Office of Women’s Health and the Office of Minority Health.
I also served as the senior editor of Capitol File magazine, where I directed print and online projects as deputy to the editor-in-chief. This work included planning, editing, reporting, and writing engaging content for all magazine sections and the Web; booking and interviewing celebrities and other sources; and representing the magazine at events and for media interviews, including appearances on Fox News Channel and Fox 5 News in DC. Yep, it was busy.
Before that I was senior associate editor of AARP The Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world with 35 million readers. There, I supervised editorial and social media projects on deadline. I also represented the magazine on editorial panels, including two at a conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and (again) was a source for media interviews. For instance, my reporting on “elf ears” inspired a segment on Good Morning America and an ABC News article. (Go ahead and click. It’s okay!)
I also served as associate editor of SAMHSA News, the award-winning newsletter of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and as a reporter for The Gazette newspaper, formerly part of The Washington Post Company.
Other professional skills to highlight? Actually, yes. I have experience developing, writing, editing, and/or reviewing other nationally-distributed materials, including ad copy, email marketing content, and press releases; developing and/or editing internal and corporate communications (including newsletters, briefings, résumés, bios, reports, and proposals); training, mentoring, and directing other writers; ghost writing content for senior staff; and providing strategic communications advice on national initiatives and campaigns. I’m also bilingual in English and Spanish, so I’ve reviewed translated content, too.
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