Freelance Writing

freelance writerFor 25 years I’ve been a writer. Mostly crafting features stories for a variety of newspapers and magazines. But I’ve also penned personal essays, cooked on television and written for radio. Below, find an ongoing list of links to my published work.


For SWVA Living, a quarterly, regional magazine, I have recently written a profile of boundary-pushing fiber artist Gibby Waitzkin, a feature on popular landscape painter Nan Mahone Wellborn, a piece on asparagus as a first fruit of spring, a story on the world of beekeeping, a feature on why families still sit for portraits in the age of the instant photo, a profile of beloved rhododendron gardener Paul James, a piece about Virginia’s rich heritage of making apple butter and a how-to on planting fall bulbs.

I’ve written travel and food stories for The Local Palate, a Charleston, S.C.,-based magazine covering food culture throughout the South. See hereherehere and here to read more. Click Virginia Wine Country to read my Gourmet Getaways piece for the magazine.

 I’ve also written travel pieceslike this one featuring Middleburg, Va., for The Roanoke Times.

I have appeared on local TV station WSLS’s Daytime Blue Ridge, cooking Vegetarian Spring Rolls, grain-filled Buddha Bowls, Honey Granola,  Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts, Thai Butternut Squash Soup and three kinds of pesto in their demonstration kitchen.

I’ve also reported articles on health and hiking and backyard chicken-keeping for The Roanoke Times.

In 2014 and 2015, I penned profilestrend pieces and personal essays as the Food Writer for The Roanoke Times. Some more of my favorite pieces:

Indian Food Spices Up Dinner

Start the New Year Right, With Tofu

The Magic of Mayonnaise

Pass the Pie

Farms: Where your food comes from

Strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries

Before that, I was a staff writer for The (Raleigh) News & Observer, where I crafted award-winning feature stories, wrote trend pieces for Page 1, penned magazine-style news features and chronicled a yearlong series following a family’s move from Arizona to the Raleigh-Durham metro area.

Early in my career (1993-1998), I worked for The Christian Science Monitor, a Boston-based newspaper renowned for its international reporting and winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes. I reported from AtlantaNorth CarolinaNew York, Los Angeles and New England, covering breaking news stories and writing news featurestrend piecesart and food storiespersonal essays and book reviews.

I have also written radio essays

on Commuting by Bike

and Embracing Snow Days for NPR affiliate WVTF;

and personal essays for the Durham, N.C.-based entertainment and cultural magazine, Indy Week.

And years ago,  I earned a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I also majored in English and wrote my Honors Thesis in Creative Writing under the wonderful guidance of novelist and short story writer Jill McCorkle. During that time, I wrote award-winning stories and was the Features Editor for the best college newspaper around, The Daily Tar Heel.