From 1996 until June 2010 I worked for the United States Trotting Association, as executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine–the world’s largest and most honored harness racing magazine–and, since 2006, as director of communications. While at the USTA, I authored “100 Years in Harness,” a book marking harness racing in the 20th century.
Prior to that, I was a newspaper editor and reporter in both Philadelphia and the Napa Valley of California, and served as press secretary for Pennsylvania Congressman Jon D. Fox. I worked also in publicity for both the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team and Domain Chandon Winery. I am an active freelance magazine writer, contributing to publications across North America, and speak frequently before groups of all skills and ages on feature writing, magazine publishing, social media tools and their use in personal branding.
My focus in teaching and research has been utilizing iPads and iTunes U to “flip” journalism classrooms and provide a self-contained learning environment for multimedia journalism. In 2013 I was awarded the first $25,000 Digital First Impact Grant to put iPads in our news writing classroom.
I currently have five courses on iTunes U, as well as two interactive books: “Always Get the Name of the Dog: A guide to media interviewing” and “Writing Like Rabbits: A guide to creating and selling magazine articles.” Both “Writing and Editing for News” and “Always Get the Name of the Dog” have been No. 1 on iTunes U, and my interactive book was featured in the Apple international newsletter.
Last year Apple selected our courses to feature for the launch of its Faculty Speaker Series, filmed at the Apple Store in Soho, New York. I was also part of an Apple webinar on iTunes U in education, with Ohio State CIO Mike Hofherr.
In 2015 I was named an Apple Distinguished Educator.
I grew up in Capitola, Calif., and I earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Temple University and a master’s degree in Communication (with a focus on journalism) from The Ohio State University. Now I live in Columbus with my husband, Brian, and our son, Danny, a student at Bishop Watterson High School, who is a passionate (and skilled!) hockey and baseball player.