Good stories have twists, turns, and a mountain of details. An experienced writer finds the most compelling and clear way to tell them.
Whether I’m writing for Wired, STAT, WebMD, Atlanta magazine or one of my custom books, my mission is simple: Help the reader better understand and appreciate the complex world around us.
I became a journalist to tell stories that matter.
That may be a narrative that reveals the aftermath of a rape or murder or a health article unraveling medical complexities. In either case, my goal is to uncover important truths and explain new discoveries in a compelling way.
As a freelance writer based in Atlanta, I have had an opportunity to explore stories close to home and across the globe. Often, they start with simple curiosity.
When my younger daughter studied in Copenhagen for a semester during college, I imagined her in a city of winter gloom and began researching light therapy. That turned into a recent piece on the promise of blue light therapy for Proto magazine. New research points to blue light as an important, non-pharmaceutical tool for combatting infection.
I am a contributing editor of Atlanta magazine and have worked with the magazine since I was a staff writer in the early 1990s.
In 2008, I began an assignment with a question: In the 40 years since the death of Martin Luther King Jr., have schools become integrated or have they re-segregated? I spent weeks at Grady High School—Atlanta’s first desegregated school—and Washington High School—King’s alma mater. The resulting story, “Resegregation?” (April 2008), was part of Atlanta magazine’s “Legacy” issue commemorating King’s death. The issue was a finalist for a 2009 National Magazine Award.
Through my medical stories, I have explored emerging diseases, new treatments, and the challenges of chronic conditions.
On STAT, I shared the story of a family with a high rate of inheritance of Alzheimer’s disease. Because of their contribution to research, they may help identify a gene for late-onset Alzheimer’s. I explained how to prevent diabetes complications for WebMD Diabetes magazine and why influenza vaccines often fail to adequately protect against the prevailing strain for Nature Medicine.