I’ve been working in journalism since I helped my sixth grade teacher put together “The Tattler” newsletter for our class, but my first paying job was on the copy desk of a group of weekly newspapers serving a clutch of small towns in south and east Los Angeles. I worked my way up to lead copy editor, and then reporter, before the papers sadly closed their doors.
I moved on to an entry-level job at L.A. Parent magazine, and again worked my way up. I was given a monthly health column to write, and parlayed that into a book deal. I became managing editor, then editor in chief, then editor of L.A. Parent and several affiliated publications. Then the chance to write a second, bigger book lured me away.
During my time as a freelance writer – after I finished that second book – I took on a variety of projects. I worked for a website, wrote and edited for several publications dedicated to medical manufacturing, and The Walt DisneyCo.’s global employee newsletter.
Eventually I accepted an opportunity to return to L.A. Parent, where I am once again editor. I now function as a one-woman editorial department, keeping up with a monthly magazine, weekly email newsletter, website and social media presence.
Health reporting is still an important part of my work. I handle L.A. Parent’s health coverage both online and in print, and was privileged to receive fellowships from both the California Endowment and the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2011 and the Association of Health Care Journalists again in 2012.
Most recently, I’ve started writing a health column for Westways magazine, called “Living Well.” This side project is a lighthearted, fun way to keep my hand in the health writing game. In addition, I occasionally create white-label patient education materials for a company called UBICare.
Reliable but not inflexible, I’m always ready for a new challenge.