For more than 30 years, I have been writing and editing everything from community newspaper stories to magazine articles to business communications to books.
I bring that experience, plus a good helping of enthusiasm and energy, to my clients.
I can work with every stage of a communication project, from concept to reporting and research to writing to editing. I've been fortunate in being able to work with talented designers, photographers and webmasters to put together packages that deliver the message effectively.
I have been a manager and supervisor of as many as 60 people and of budgets in the millions of dollars. I have led projects of high public interest and have brought them off successfully. I have served as a negotiator and mediator on both sides of the bargaining table. I've spent more than 30 years writing and editing, including leading two projects that became Pulitzer Prize finalists.
Whatever my title or employment situation, my professional life always has been one of communicating information in useful ways to a variety of audiences.
I worked for more than 21 years at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Then, feeling it was time to do something different, I finished my MFA and picked up clients and realized that I had become a successful freelance writer and editor. I had a wonderful stint at a community newspaper, leading it to several major prizes, then moved on to a new phase of freelance writing and editing. I became editor of a start-up magazine for the catering industry, helping it become what it is today: an established and reliable source of information and ideas for caterers.
If you've ever been self-employed, you know that you have to be able to get things done efficiently or you simply can't support yourself. I’m an organized and efficient worker (Meyers-Briggs ENFJ, with emphasis on the J) which has been crucial in building a successful business on my own.