I’m a media professional with a versatile skill-set ranging from broadcast to print to digital. My specialties include transportation, politics and travel. I enjoy untangling complex stories, telling them in creative and informative ways to appeal to mass audiences. I know when to let the story speak for itself and I know when to step in and let my unique and powerful voice guide the narrative.
As the Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief for CBS Radio station Newsradio 99.1 FM WNEW, I was in the middle of the action covering some of the biggest stories in the world: On the steps of the Supreme Court for landmark decisions on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. Within an arm’s length of Pope Francis as he visited our nation’s capital during his tour of the United States. At the intersection of North and Penn as Baltimore police enforced a curfew during the rioting following the death of Freddie Gray.
I also covered District politics from the mayor’s office to council chambers to Congress. I followed Metro through a deadly smoke incident and a derailment to the opening of the Silver Line and the introduction of the new 7000-series cars. I tackled the task of of translating the wonkiness of the legislative process and the engineering-speak of a subway system into plain language to be understood by the listener.
The innate curiosity that pulled me into a career in journalism also led me to temporarily step away from that profession. With a thirst to understand this world more completely and gain life experience and perspective I veered into the travel industry as a tour manager with Contiki Holidays. In the course of five seasons I criss-crossed North America three dozen times and traveled to more than 30 countries. It was a journey that took me from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the organized chaos of London streets. With each mile traveled I learned important lessons about what keeps us all connected, and what keeps us separated.
And this experience taught me to be a better communicator and a better story-teller catering my message to diverse audiences. I fine-tuned my delivery and style bringing history and culture to life, grabbing attention and keeping it with vivid details, passion and experience . Even after returning to a full-time career in journalism I continue to lead tours in Washington, D.C. part-time, largely because of how instructive it is for my presentation style.