Who Am I?

In the fall of 2010 I left the world of professional journalism to join the faculty at The Ohio State University, and it was the best move I ever made!

Brian, Danny and me in the Rocky Mountains in June 2016.

I started my journalism career early, crafting my first construction paper newspaper when I was 8 and working as a photographer for my father’s horse racing photography business where I had images published in such newspapers and magazines as the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee and Sports Illustrated.

I began submitting freelance articles from the age of 16, the same year I left my hometown of Capitola, California, to head east for college. While pursuing my degree in political science (journalism minor) degree at Temple University (Go Owls!), I worked in the publicity department of the Philadelphia 76ers with the legendary Harvey Pollack, before serving as a reporter and editor at Montgomery Newspapers outside Philadelphia.

While at Montgomery Newspapers, I was honored to earn numerous writing awards for my coverage of government, police and personalities before I left to work as press secretary for Rep. Jon D. Fox, who served as congressman for Pennsylvania’s 13th district.

With Danny and Rocky Wondwossen teaching in Ethiopia in July 2016.

My husband, Brian, and I eventually headed back to California where I became an editor for the Napa Valley Register, but my horse racing background eventually combined with journalism as I was hired to be associate editor of Hoof Beats magazine, published by the United States Trotting Association in Columbus, Ohio. In my 15-year tenure there, I rose to become executive editor of Hoof Beats (and led it to numerous awards, including General Excellence) as well as USTA director of communications. I also authored the book, 100 Years in Harness, about harness racing in the 20th century.

Concurrent to my time at the USTA, I wrote freelance articles for numerous magazines and newspapers across North America, and served since 2004 as the professor of magazine writing at Ohio State. When I was offered a full-time position as a lecturer at the university in the spring of 2010, it was truly an offer I could not refuse, and in 2011 I became an assistant professor (clinical).

Education has become my true passion. I now teach four classes per semester in the public affairs journalism program, and am pursuing a PhD in Global Education. I spend every summer teaching digital-based pedagogies (like distance and online learning) in Ethiopia, and in 2015 was named an Apple Distinguished Educator for education innovation.

Tanner the Dog!

I also keep my hand in writing as a freelancer for magazines like Columbus C.E.O., Columbus Monthly and the Ohio State Alumni Magazine, and as an Associated Press writer covering the Columbus Blue Jackets. , where he An avid hockey mom to my son, Daniel, I serve as president of the hockey club at Bishop Watterson High School, where he is a sophomore. My husband, Brian, is a third-grade special needs teacher at Colerain Elementary School and author of the book, “The Year My Dad Went Bald,” about his successful fight against non-Hodgkins lymphoma. We live in Clintonville with our dog, Tanner.

But my home away from home is Ohio State.

Whether it is working with my students, my Communication colleagues or elsewhere in the university, I love every minute. I so appreciate sharing this journey with you!


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