ELK BEDEVIL RANCHERS
I am a prize-winning freelance writer in Northern California and have regularly contributed to the New York Times and Reuters Health. I was a contract stringer for Reuters News and spent a decade working as a staff reporter for the Press Democrat, a daily newspaper in Santa Rosa, California. I’ve also written for The Guardian, Mother Jones, Pacific Standard, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, Ladies’ Home Journal and numerous other media outlets.
I have a strong news instinct and a knack for spotting trends and stories with unique angles. In 2001, I reported on the dangers of dispensing soda in school vending machines. I wrote about the gifts that Bernie Madoff left his victims whose life savings he stole. I reported that hormone-replacement therapy could increase women's breast cancer risk years before the government issued its warning.
I was among the first journalists to write about boutique medicine, binge drinking, prescription-drug abuse and sexting. I have covered earthquakes, mass and serial murders, political campaigns, the race for the America’s Cup, immigration, forest fires, a killing inside San Quentin State Prison and a marriage at Folsom State Prison.
Though I am truly a general-assignment reporter, I often write about health, social justice and legal issues. In the middle of my journalism career, I briefly attended law school only to realize just how much I love being a journalist.