About Me

I am a journalist, freelance writer, editor, and web content provider in Silicon Valley, where I was born and raised. In 2010 I started my own website, Good Neighbor Stories, which covers San Francisco Bay Area people and organizations making positive contributions to their communities, and the world at large.

Currently I am available for reporting and writing assignments, editing, web content, blog guest posts, and social media and blog consulting for anyone feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of getting started.

Background

From a very young age I had an intense interest in journalism and politics. I started reading the newspaper at age seven, and by 12 I wanted to be a reporter. At San Diego State University I majored in political science, and minored in journalism, spending most of my time outside of class and studying at The Daily Aztec. I started as a reporter covering student government and moved up to city editor,  then editor-in-chief. In my senior year I interned in the San Diego Bureau of The Los Angeles Times.

As a professional reporter I covered city and county governments, elections, courts, police, as well as human interest topics.

Online

With the tremendous changes in the profession, I’ve fully embraced the online news world. I continue to cover local issues as a freelance writer for online news outlets, and have served as a substitute editor on numerous occasions. I fully enjoy serving as writer and editor of my own website, and keep up with all the trends in social media to promote my work.

In 2011 I was honored to be chosen as a Knight Digital Media Center Fellow. I spent one week at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for an intense multimedia training course. We learned all the basics and beyond of how to create and maintain news websites, use social media, take our own photos and videos, create data maps, and much more.

Once a Reporter…

I like to report. That’s the theme of my life. I enjoy discovering new information and passing it on to others. I especially enjoy finding out things that will improve the quality of life for the community. My goal is always to be accurate, objective and fair. In addition, I strive to be interesting and instructive; readers often tell me I am able to explain complex ideas in a relatable way. When it comes to feature stories and web content, I work at being creative and entertaining.

Social media is another extension of reporting which I thoroughly enjoy. I am constantly learning new ways to share content through various outlets, and would love to share my experience and knowledge with those still unsure of what participation in the medium will do for their organizations.

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