I've been a professional writer for more than 25 years, first at a communications consulting startup, then as a writer/editor/publicist for a major public-radio network, and later as a senior copywriter at a marketing agency.
Since 1997, I've been a full-time freelancer specializing in corporate and nonprofit communications.
I help my clients identify the stories they want to tell — and then I tell them in ways that speak to the customers, employees, donors and community members they need to reach.
You'll find a few work samples below; I'd be glad to send you more upon request. I'd be glad to put you in touch with some of my happy long-term clients, too.
And I'd love to talk with you about how I can help your organization tell its most important stories. Click on the email icon below to drop me a note.
UChicago programs prepare Chicago public high school students for success as first-generation college students.
Q&A with Kathryn Finney, the smart, funny, force-of-nature founder of digitalundivided.
I wrote about three women who are working to solve some of their city's most pressing social challenges.
Chicago Hyde Park Village helps elders remain in their homes, stay active and engage in the community.
eta Creative Arts Foundation is a home for the performing and visual arts on Chicago's South Side.
The Dovetail Project gives young fathers tools, resources and support.
Plastic and reconstructive surgeons at Rush change lives by restoring form, function and quality of life.
NORC delivers insight, impact and innovation that has shaped research and policy all over the world.
The work-day pause that refreshes.
Rush orthopedic surgeons are the best in the business at treating injuries, but they're happy to share advice about how to avoid getting injured in the first place.
Meet four employees who started as seasonal hires in Gap Inc. stores and wound up finding their passion.
A child psychiatrist offers insight about what to watch for and how to handle bullying.
I revamped and edited this edition, winner of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table's 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award for the best published work about intellectual freedom.
Foodservice News asked me to choose, profile and photograph 10 Chicago chefs who deserved recognition.
I researched and wrote this piece for the University of Chicago's Graham School, celebrating its history and looking to its future.
From 2004–2015, I edited the book honoring each year's McKnight Distinguished Artist. This was one of my favorites.
Find beauty and holiness in new and necessary facts.
Ranee is a dancemaker and performer whose work is based in the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.
Walgreens partnered with hip cosmetics phenom Nonie Creme to create an exclusive line.
This story for the University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement spotlights a program aimed at giving South Siders access to jobs on campus.
My articles for RED kept Target's 350,000 employees informed — in a fast, fun and friendly way — about what was happening around the company.
This report is the foundation of Rush's work to eliminate health disparities on Chicago's West Side.
This plan outlines how Rush will achieve the goals identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment linked above.
This publication reports on progress toward the goals laid out in Rush's Community Health Implementation Plan.
Donors to Minnesota Philanthropy Partners learn about community initiatives through MNSights.
The MNSights By the Numbers feature presents quick-hit data in a fun, graphic way.
Rush University Medical Center is an "anchor institution" on Chicago's West Side — and is a national leader in channeling its economic power for the benefit of the community.