I love words and stories, interesting people and beautifully designed spaces. I excel at feature writing, particularly profiles, light business reporting, and writing on lifestyle topics including interior design, architecture, regional travel, and food culture. I've won two journalism awards and occasionally I appear on television. I treat deadlines as sacrosanct.
I previously worked in marketing and call on that background to collaborate with companies and nonprofit organizations on content creation that rings with creativity and distinction.
A profile of the new president of the SoM, Dr. Bruce Jarrell, and the challenges of starting one's tenure in a pandemic.
Fittingly, it all starts with a cookbook. Chef Cindy Wolf of Charleston fame has long been working on one. So long, in fact, that it has grown into a series. And now she anticipates the first of her Cooking With Wolf cookbooks will publish in time for the holidays this year.
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and others speak about how they keep optimism and integrity in public service and politics in a cynical time.
It all began with one girl in New Orleans. In 2005, while covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as anchor and special correspondent for CNN, Soledad O'Brien learned of a young woman who didn't have the money to attend one of the only schools still open, after the disaster had decimated much of the public school system.
A decade after BARCS went private, more animals are surviving and thriving. They owe their lives to Jennifer Brause who turned the city shelter from a death mill into a safe haven for abandoned animals.
Sure, 64-year-old Stuart Janney III of Butler is the chairman of a successful Manhattan-based wealth-management firm. And he's from one of Maryland horse racing's most important families. But he's not the boastful type. Nor is he prone to overstatement.
Towson attorney Susan R. Green knows she's been bitten by ticks at least four times in the past two decades, and thinks her problems started that far back. But when she called her doctor after first noticing a bite, he said not to worry unless she noticed the tell-tale bull's-eye rash.
Lifestyle: Interior Design, Architecture & Culture
A renovation transforms an outdated house in Maryland's Breton Bay area into a bright family retreat Tiffani Johnston's first thought upon moving into her family's current Leonardtown home was that the kitchen was dark. It lacked windows to take in its views of a backyard creek, which meanders all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.
Michelle Knighton and her six siblings grew up on the outskirts of Catonsville on six acres of land abutting Patapsco State Park. Their parents purchased the land in 1962 and, in 1964, completed the construction of a contemporary four-bedroom home.
Luck follows Kelly Walker. When she hitchhiked into Baltimore as a teenager, the North Carolina native was addicted to drugs and alcohol and living out of a backpack. But she found recovery services that saved her life. Then she stumbled into an apprenticeship that led her to start her own decorative painting and faux finishing company, Art Star Custom Paintworks, in 2002.
High style and easy living blend in this family getaway on the South Carolina Coast.
An architectural gem on Gibson Island regains its shine Luis and Cara Medeiros long enjoyed visiting Gibson Island near Annapolis, but when they decided to look for a home to purchase, they were underwhelmed. "A lot of the homes here are like our primary home in Chevy Chase," says Cara Medeiros, noting the abundance of traditional houses and quaint cottages.
As a child, Jim Fielder knew Sophia's Dairy as the big house he couldn't enter. "The farm I grew up on is three miles from here," says Fielder, a Harford County native who is now Maryland's secretary of higher education.
General Reported Features
As a bankruptcy attorney, Dennis J. Shaffer sees people at one of the most challenging times in their lives. And with the pandemic-hobbled economy, he's getting busier. Take, for example, his client in the personal service industry (who, understandably, asked that their name be withheld).
Higher taxes and federal spending cuts would begin to hit all Americans Jan. 1. Here are ways to cope with the 'fiscal cliff.' The "fiscal cliff" - that perfect storm of mandatory budget cuts, expiring tax cuts, and new taxes - looms with all the finality of a New Year's countdown clock.
A first-person reported piece on kayaking the "ghost fleet" of Mallows Bay in Maryland (includes my own photos, too).
For more than 50 years, a Wooden Houseboat Moored in Gibson Island Harbor has served as a Baltimore Clan's Summer Retreat
Baby boomers fuel growing interest in the right to die; physicians’ role still hotly debated
When María Giraldo Greene rolls out La Caja de Sorpresas (the surprise box), all eyes are fixed on her. The box can hold any number of wonders, from pompoms to puppets. In this brightly lit classroom at Mount Olivet Methodist Church in Arlington that is home to ¡Hola Baby!, Greene's Spanish...
University, Institutional & Marketing
A Life of Mentorship Murphy's list of accolades and leadership positions is extensive: vice president of the Women's Law Center; multiple appointments at the Association of American Law Schools; editorial board member at Family Court Review. She received the University System of Maryland's Award for Faculty Excellence and was the first recipient of the University of Baltimore's Presidential Faculty Award.
How a dark horse team made it to the top of NASA competition to design a next-gen space suit for deep space exploration.
As the opioid crisis ravages the nation the University of Baltimore's new Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement looks for solutions.
How two librarians are using social media to showcase some of the strangest items in the George Peabody Library.
RPH is a boutique architecture firm that required a complete overhaul of its existing website. I created succinct copy that highlights their diverse expertise.
This highlights one of the many articles I've written for Overture, the in-house publication of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Offered expert commentary to this full length documentary drawing on experience and knowledge from the publication of my pictorial history book, Maryland Steeplechasing, published in 2005.