Some reporters aspire to write about the White House or the Supreme Court. I have always been more interested in what happens inside a trailer park or a repo man's head. After more than 20 years of journalism, I can think of no better way to make a living than immersing myself in other people's worlds and telling their stories. An empathetic listener, I have the knack of getting people to open up and talk about difficult subjects without betraying their trust.
Before freelancing, I worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, tackling everything from breaking news to feature stories to business writing. I wrote a weekly marketing column for the newspaper.
I speak Spanish and practiced it by traveling to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador. I am a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I live in Pittsburgh with my husband, daughter and cat.