Freelance Writing

For 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, written for radio and helped websites find their voices. Below, find an ongoing list of links to my published work.

Roanoker magazine cover The Roanoker magazine is the longest continuously published city magazine in Virginia and the premier lifestyle publication for the Roanoke Valley. My recent stories for them include a look at the rise of young farmers, an in-depth piece on local kombucha makers and a quick hit on a subscription service from an herb farm.

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I have written many features stories, trend pieces and profiles for SWVA Living, a quarterly, regional magazine published by The Roanoke Times.

Recent profiles include:

Innovative metalsmith artist Sarah Muse, In-demand caterer Tracy Hamilton

Apple grower Georgia Haverty, Boundary-pushing fiber artist Gibby Waitzkin

Beloved landscape painter Nan Mahone Wellborn, and Renowned  rhododendron gardener Paul James

My top trend stories: A new kind of storytelling finds its audience, The rise of tasting rooms in Roanoke, Why families still sit for portraits in the age of the instant photo.

A few of my favorite features pieces:  A look at what it means to raise heritage poultry. A piece on the world of beekeeping. Shining light on a business that helps hungry hikers. Digging into asparagus as a first fruit of spring. A take on Virginia’s rich heritage of making apple butter. And a how-to on planting fall bulbs.

the local palate logoI’ve penned 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.

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

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Fall 2017, I was interviewed by Book City Roanoke. Read what I have to say about writing, gardening and local food.

Daytime Blue Ridge logoI 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 stories sure to make you hungry:
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

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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.

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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.

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I have also written radio essays on Commuting by Bike and Embracing Snow Days for NPR affiliate Radio IQ.

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

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.