Resume, bio, awards

THE BASICS

  • Currently a communications specialist for Pima County, Tucson, Arizona. 15 + years as an award-winning journalist, columnist, essayist and blogger, experienced covering higher education, the Catholic church, parenting and lifestyle issues. Four years in academic advising and advisor training, University of Arizona and Pima Community College.

AWARDS

  • 2014 Outstanding Professional Academic Advisor, University of Arizona
  • 2011 Outstanding Emerging Academic Advisor, University of Arizona
  • 2009 Arizona Press Club, first place, best news blog
  • 2009 Arizona Press Club, first place, education reporting
  • 2009 Arizona Press Club, second place, business reporting
  • 2008 Content Creator of the Year; Tucson Citizen
  • 2008 Arizona Newspapers Association, second place; sports writing
  • 2003 Arizona Press Club, second place; Don Schellie award, features column writing
  • 2003 Arizona Press Club, third place; sustained coverage/series
  • 2003 National Catholic Press Association, third place; commentary
  • 2003 Arizona Newspapers Association, third place; non-daily column
  • 2002 National Catholic Press Association, second place; feature writing

WORK HISTORY

  • November 2014 – Present: Communications Specialist, Pima County, Tucson, Arizona
  • July 2014 – November 2014: Student Services Advisor, Pima Community College
  • February 2011 – July 2014: Academic Advisor, University of Arizona School of Journalism
  • May 2009 – present: Freelance blogger, essayist, editor and writing coach
  • September 2007 – May 2009: Higher education reporter; the Tucson Citizen, Tucson, AZ.
  • September 2006 – December 2007: Monthly “Voices” columnist; the Tucson Citizen, Tucson, AZ.
  • October 2005 – February 2007: Weekly religion columnist; EXPLORER Newspapers, Tucson, AZ.
  • March 1998 – March 2005: Weekly family life columnist; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, AR.; frequent contributor to the op-ed page of the Dallas Morning News
  • September 2002 – July 2003: Public schools reporter; EXPLORER Newspapers, Tucson, AZ
  • September 2001 – October 2004: Weekly feature columnist; EXPLORER Newspapers, Tucson, AZ
  • August 1999 – November 2002: Monthly op-ed columnist; the Catholic Vision, Tucson, AZ
  • June 2001 – June 2002: Staff writer and copyeditor; the Catholic Vision, Tucson, AZ
  • September 1995 – November 2002: Bi-weekly opinion columnist; the Texas Catholic, Dallas, TX and news-feature correspondent for the North Texas Catholic, Fort Worth, TX
  • February 1992 – February 1995: Monthly family columnist; the Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX.