Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Binghamton University, Binghamton NY
Master of Science in Journalism, Boston University, Boston, MA
Arabic Language Intensive, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
December 2017-present: Freelance magazine writer; Independent editor/researcher/writer
November 2009-May 2017: Boston University Marketing and Communications. Senior Editor, writer, and alumni books editor, Bostonia Magazine; Senior Writer, BU Today. Responsible for writing and producing news and long-form written and multimedia feature content for the daily news website BU Today and alumni magazine Bostonia about a broad range of subjects, including routine coverage of people and events in the fields of international affairs, religion, theatre, music, culture, the humanities, and the sciences. Coverage routinely included theater/opera/concert reviews as well as news and feature-length profiles of prominent directors, performers and literary figures). Generate story ideas, supervise and edit web series, assign photos and co-produce multimedia components including video and audio slideshows. Supervise and mentor interns and former interns. Award-winning features include: 2012 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Grand Gold, Best Article of the Year, for Bostonia feature “First, Do No Harm,” about ethical dilemmas faced by Jewish doctors during the Holocaust; 2015 CASE Gold for Bostonia issue with my cover profile of NAACP President William Cornell Brooks; 2014 CASE Bronze (Best Article of the Year, Platinum category) for feature about Rabbi Susan Silverman and Yosef Abramowitz, “Civil Disobedience: A Love Story.” Bostonia cover story “The Good Life of Marcia Deihl” won a 2016 Hatch Award, and the 2017 international CASE Platinum category “Best Article of the Year.”
2014-2015, Journalism mentor Harare, Zimbabwe, Women’s Journalists Mentoring Program
1987- 2009: Freelance journalist for numerous national, international and university publications; author (six books); Writing Instructor (Creative Nonfiction, Travel Essay, Memoir), Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill; Multiple award-winning columnist, The Provincetown Banner; Contributing Editor, Health and Walking Magazines.
1979-1987: Copy Editor and columnist, the Springfield, MA Daily News (2 years); Journalism Instructor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Correspondent, Cape Cod Times; Reporter and Assistant Editor, The Advocate, Provincetown, MA.
As a freelance and staff journalist, have reported from India, Africa, the Middle East, Central America and throughout the U.S. and Europe. I have conducted interviews with thought leaders in nations throughout the world.
Features and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Atlantic, Redbook, Massachusetts Medicine, The Times of London, Radcliffe Magazine, Colloquy (Harvard), Index (Harvard Art Museums), Good Housekeeping, Outside, Yankee, New England Monthly, Walking Magazine, Allure, Body and Soul, Provincetown Arts, Women’s Sports and Fitness, Brandeis Magazine, Middelbury Magazine, Massachusetts Magazine (University of Massachusetts/Amherst), on National Public Radio and online (Salon.com, Radar.com, Nerve.com). Books include Going with the Grain, (Simon & Schuster), and Stacked (Bloomsbury USA). Author of four children’s books, including the award-winning Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch, published by Little, Brown (Joy Street Books). Nonfiction books have been translated into French, Italian, German, Chinese and Japanese. Several essays have been anthologized.
Beyond well-established skills identifying, and securing interviews with, high-level primary sources including thought leaders in the realms of politics, business, journalism, law, the arts, science, medicine and all levels of academia, I am comfortable working in a variety of digital formats and multimedia, proficient in data analysis, and a gifted, highly focused writer and editor who can deliver engaging, crisp copy on the tightest of deadlines. Proficient in written and spoken French; basic written and spoken Italian and basic written and spoken Arabic.
2012 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Grand Gold, Best Article of the Year 2014 CASE Bronze. Best Article of the Year, Platinum category
2016 Hatch Award
2017 International CASE Platinum category, Best Article of the Year 1998, 2000 New England Newspaper Association: Best Humor Columnist
Current: Helpline volunteer, mentor and team leader, Samaritans Boston. Past: Tutor, The Writing Center, (WriteBoston) Boston International Newcomers Academy, Dorchester; Mentor, women journalists program, Harare, Zimbabwe; Mentor, Inclusive Security (International
women journalists in conflict zones); Volunteer, Amnesty International USA, Provincetown AIDS Support Group, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cape Cod, Provincetown High School Academy writing mentorship program.