REPORTING AND EDITING EXPERIENCE:
Author, Co-Author, Full-Time Freelance journalist, 10/15 to present
Author of They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq, a national best-seller. Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind how Female Marines are Trained, which I co-authored with Marine Corps Lt. Col. Kate Germano, came out in April 2018.
Editing my first novel and working on a Civil War nonfiction book. Write for New York Times’ At War blog.
Human-Centered Design/Plain-Language specialist, The So Company, 2/16 to 1/19
Researched, wrote and edited content for Veterans Affairs as part of the original Vets.gov team, as well as leading a 12-person team to organize and rewrite thousands of VA’s veteran-facing letters. Use plain language and human-centered design to help veterans, service members and their families better understand the resources available to them.
Director of Veterans Outreach, Public Relations, Bergmann & Moore, 10/14 to 10/15
Wrote daily "Morning Muster" blog about veterans’ news that went out to reporters, Veterans Service Organizations and policy-makers, wrote and sent out press releases; facilitated press interviews;, managed social media accounts, managed SEO for firm website. Learned about veterans’ benefits.
Reporter, USA TODAY, 12/10 to 08/2014
Covered health policy, including the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, for both the news and business sections of the paper. Covered politics as they relate to health policy, but also as part of the politics team when needed. Continued to cover military and veteran health issues.
Reporter, Military Times, 2/07 to 12/10
Covered military health, especially as it pertains to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Broke the Walter Reed scandal and burn-pit story. Specialized in mental health issues, traumatic brain injuries and disability retirement issues.
Reporter, Army Times, 11/05 to 2/07
Covered medical, cultural, training and demographics issues.
Reporting intern, The Chicago Tribune, 6/05 to 11/05
Wrote general-assignment stories.
Freelance journalist, college instructor and copy editor, 3/00 to 6/05
Wrote business and lifestyles stories for the (Boulder) Daily Camera, covered breaking news for The Associated Press, covered science for NASA, wrote Lifestyles features and news stories for The Denver Post. Taught page design and editing, and news writing at the University of Northern Colorado, and critical thinking and writing at the University of Colorado.
Family issues and people profiles reporter, The Oregonian, 7/00 to 6/01
Wrote family-issue stories for The Oregonian’s southwest metro bureau.
Crime reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10/98 to 01/00
Covered all criminal and police activity in Salt Lake City and the surrounding suburbs.
Education reporter, The Ogden Standard-Examiner, 10/97 to 10/98
Covered 50 K-12 schools as well as the state board of education.
Editor in chief, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, 5/96 to 6/97
Managed 90-person staff at Colorado State University’s daily student newspaper.
Communications specialist, U.S. Army, 8/89 to 7/93
Served as unit public-affairs representative and photographer for three years. Served in the first Persian Gulf War and Mogadishu, Somalia.
- Pivotal Tracker
- Human-Centered Design
- Microsoft Office
- May 1997 - B.A. in technical journalism from Colorado State University.
- May 2007 - M.A. in journalism from University of Colorado’s advanced professional program, focused on military history and politics
- 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.
- 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