Years ago, I dived into the Deep South, where I chatted with a city’s most-jailed man, penetrated a methamphetamine Mecca, donned a bio-hazard suit alongside a crime scene cleaner, challenged a FEMA contractor's pay practices, scrutinized hundreds of speeding tickets — not just my own — and had the honor of profiling a boy with a rare and fatal disease. For the latter, I was awarded the 2007 prize for best feature article from the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press.
Then in 2013, I returned to the Midwest, serving as an associate editor for Cleveland Magazine, shepherding exciting changes in the magazine's fashion and entertainment sections, developing and writing front-of-book content, and penning 3,000 to 6,000-word feature articles that ran the gamut from the city's poor-performing school district, its vibrant and still struggling LGBT community, a heart transplant — which I covered from beside the operating table — and a restauranteur who thinks he can rehabilitate ex-cons through food. For that feature, the Press Club of Ohio gave me the 2014 award for best food writing in the state.
Now I write for national publications. I'm Glamour's Smitten blogger, where I get down-and-dirty about sex, love and relationships twice daily. I'm also a regular contributor to Brides.com. My byline has appeared in the online or print versions of Glamour, Women's Health, Details, American Way, New Orleans Brides and more.