Award-winning. Knowledgeable. Reliable. Well-rounded. As a career journalist, I have collaborated with a full range of writers, from the best in the business to interns developing their skills. I dig in and polish breaking news stories, long-form narrative pieces, columns, features and deadline-pushing, competitive reports. My basic tenet is to approach every story as a reader, and ensure all of the information is concise, complete and coherent. I have experience in sports, business, entertainment, national and local verticals.
With advanced skills in working with reporters, editors, graphic artists and photographers, I ensure stories present a cohesive message through style, formatting and voice. These skills led to me working on many noteworthy projects and stories, including two Pulitzer Prize winners. As a go-to senior copy editor at the Los Angeles Times, reporters often sought me out to work with them, especially on stories involving thorny legal issues or complex criminal cases. I have experience in converting stories into blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts and on other social media sharing sites. My freelance work includes editing a quarterly journal for a university foundation, substantive content editing and fact-checking on an investment analysis newsletter and other print and web-based projects.
As a current contributor to Mommy Poppins, I cover go-do events and write a weekly Weekday Picks blog post. I also wrote hundreds of stories for the Los Angeles Times over my decades there.
At my personal blog, Please Bring Tacos (https://pleasebringtacos.wordpress.com/), I discuss my advocacy efforts for my autistic 11-year-old daughter, with an emphasis on offering practical, relatable advice to parents and educators. It is one of my core philosophies that sharing experiences and events is the best way to help and encourage autistic children to learn to live independent lives.
Los Angeles Times | May 1986-December 2015
Senior multiplatform editor
Substantive editing of stories from staff and freelance writers for multiple platforms under extreme deadline pressure. Created headlines, captions and other display type to present stories in a cohesive manner. Showed initiative by creating style guidelines on specific news stories and events, as well as sensitive issues such as appropriate language when referring to disabled people.
Copy desk supervisor
Led a team of about 10 colleagues on suburban and national copy desks. Developed long-term and nightly plans for coverage and maintained scheduling. Oversaw special-section reports from start to finish of publication.
Researcher and community reporter
Developed ideas, researched in the field and created infographics, and covered local news stories.
Contributor at Mommy Poppins
Favorite Surf-Free Beaches for Little Kids in LA and Orange Counties The beach is made for kids—the sand, the sun, the surf. That last thing can be a worry, though, when it comes to toddlers and smaller children. Parents are forced to play defense all day to prevent their
CCI, P2P and other content management systems, Word Press, Windows OS, MS Word with track changes and Excel, Facebook, Twitter, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Outlook
Awards, Honors and Memberships
- Copy editor of the year, Los Angeles Times, 2001 and 2002
- Lead copy editor, Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing, 2002, “A Father’s Pain…”
- Copy editor, Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative reporting, 2001, “FDA’s Seven Deadly Drugs”
- Graduate, Knight Foundation Summer Institute for Midcareer Copy Editors
- Member, Editorial Freelancers Assn., 2016
San Diego State University, bachelor of arts in journalism, minor in political science