Education:

B.A., Journalism, Colorado State University, 1997

M.S., Journalism, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007

Professional Experience:

2014-2015: Director of public relations and veteran outreach, Bergmann & Moore, Bethesda, Maryland

2010-2014: Health policy reporter, USA TODAY, Washington

2007-2010: Medical reporter, Military Times papers, Springfield, Virginia

2005-2007: Culture, demographics and training reporter, Army Times, Springfield, Virginia

2005-2005: General assignment reporter, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago

2001-present: Freelance writer and editor, publications include: Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, The Oregonian, Boulder Daily Camera, The Associated Press and NASA

2000-2001: Family issues reporter, The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon

1998-2000: Crime reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah

1997-1998: Education reporter, Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah

Teaching Experience:

2004-2005: Adjunct journalism instructor, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

2004-2005: Adjunct journalism instructor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Military Experience:

1989-1993: Communications specialist, U.S. Army. Served in Desert Storm and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Board member, redesign team at the 1st Infantry Division Museum at Cantigny
  • Military Reporters and Editors, Past President
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • National Press Club
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Awards and Honors:

  • 2010 John B. Oakes Award for Environmental Journalism, certificate of merit
  • 2010 Disabled American Veterans Bugle Award for journalism
  • 2010 National Alliance on Mental Illness Outstanding Media Award
  • 2008-2009 Rosalyn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow
  • 2008 finalist for Michael Kelly Award for “Blood Brothers”
  • 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award/Editorial for Military Times Publishing
  • 2007 Selected for Medill’s Covering War, Conflicts and National Security course
  • 1999 First-place Deadline Reporting, Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press Association
  • Denver Press Club’s 1996 Damon Runyon scholarship for creative journalism
  •  Selected for the Poynter Institute’s “Leadership and Ethics for College Editors” seminar in August 1996
  •  CSU’s Outstanding Graduate, news/editorial sequence
  • 1996 First Place Feature Writing, Rocky Mountain Collegiate Media Association
  • SPJ Helen Verba Scholarship, CLS Alumni Scholarship, Rowene C. Danbom Scholarship, Julia Klug Scholarship, Margery Monfort Wilson Scholarship
  • Selected for CSU’s President’s Leadership Course, which included seminars on intercultural communication, understanding diversity, management styles and problem-       solving
  • The Collegian received the 1996 Pacemaker Award, which placed the paper as one of the top five university dailies in the nation in a competition judged by The Washington Post. In spring 1997, the paper also received a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which placed the paper in the top 10 percent in the nation
  • Elected president of the CSU Society of Professional Journalists chapter in 1995 and 1996

Publications:

Specialize in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, severely wounded soldiers, new military medical technologies, the disability retirement system, sexual harassment in the ranks, diversity issues, demographics, and military ethics.

Books:

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