My communications skills are multi-faceted and multimedia, ranging from research and reporting to strategy and storytelling. Over the past three decades, I’ve written thousands of news articles and blog posts; produced, written and directed educational videos; taken photographs; edited copy; planned and implemented public outreach campaigns; secured grants; achieved outstanding amplification through social media; developed resource materials for numerous clients; crafted strategic communications plans, and managed editorial content for a global communications initiative.
I thrive on complex, contentious subject matter, juggling competing priorities, sharing a good story, and translating the arcane into concise, accessible prose.
Though I’ve focused for the past seven years on international development and agricultural biotechnology, I’ve written about science, politics, land use, conservation and resource management, energy, business, indigenous culture, health, natural disasters, food, spirituality, everyday people, and travel — among many other topics. I’ve got a curious mind and eclectic interests.
Reporting assignments have taken me to India, sub-Saharan Africa, South Korea, the Western Pacific, the South Pacific, and various locales within the US, including 27 years as a staff writer and freelancer in Hawaii.
As managing editor for the Cornell Alliance for Science, I’m currently directing an international editorial team and creating multimedia materials about public sector crop biotechnology, sustainable agriculture, food security, climate change, social justice issues, and the dynamics of anti-GMO activism. I’ve also trained journalists in Tanzania and helped contingents of international farmers and scientists improve their communications skills.
I currently reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I am fond of hiking, red chile, yoga, and exploring the wide open landscapes of the southwest.