Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia

I am a writer based in Washington D.C. with more than a decade of experience at national newspapers and magazines. I produce travel, lifestyle, personal finance and parenting pieces for print, web and video. 


My journalism career began at the The New York Times, where I was on staff for seven years. With stints as a youth culture reporter for Sunday Style, a residential real estate reporter for the Real Estate section and a contributor to the Travel section, I have covered subjects as varied as rock crawling in Jellico, Tenn.hiking the Amalfi Coast in ItalyRFID tagging in Cambridge, Ontarioadopting dogs in Pasadena and buying real estate in Manhattan. I even jumped out of an airplane (and never appreciated a back-up plan more). 

As the Real Estate Reporter for USA Today during the housing crisis, I reported on the ongoing foreclosures and mortgage industry. This included stories on housing legislation, the government's take over of FreddieMac and Fannie Maefluctuating interest ratesrising delinquencieschanging lending standards and the ongoing efforts by the government and housing advocacy groups to mitigate foreclosures. I received two Hainer awards from the publisher for excellent reporting. 

I attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, concentrating on Business and Economics, and served as a Fellow at the Columbia Journalism Review. I covered the business press for CJR and wrote a weekly online Debits and Credits column.

I am currently a contributor to Forbes where I write on the concerns of working women (from building a better breast pump to stepping out of safe spaces to move ahead in a career) and the policies that impact them (from boosting family leave to tracking the rising cost of child care). I also write essays and articles for The New York Times, The Fiscal Times, Washington Post and other outlets. This includes a month-long series for the Times's Motherlode on traveling half way across the country to deliver my third child called Destination: Delivery. 

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, I graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. with degrees in theater and sociology. Following that, I studied acting, dance and Chekhov at the Moscow Art Theater in Russia and, later, co-founded a theater company in London.