I’m a multimedia journalist with more than a decade of experience working for national magazines, and specializing in engineering, science, health, and fitness.
As an audio producer, I love the camaraderie of talented people joining forces to create great stuff. I managed the team that produced The Runner’s World Show, a weekly podcast for Runner's World magazine. Few things are as energizing or rewarding as creating fun, informative, and inspiring content at such high quality with such a small group under such a demanding deadline. It was my job to make sure my teammates stayed excited and empowered to avoid burning out. It wasn’t hard. It’s not hard to motivate people when they believe in the value of what they do. Over 70 episodes, the show was downloaded more than 2.9 million times, and placed second in People's Choice for the Webby Awards.
Today, I produce and host Rossin Connection, a podcast about all things engineering for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University. I launched the show after the pandemic dispersed the campus community, as a way to keep students, faculty, alumni, and staff connected, informed, and inspired by their colleague and peers, and by the many creative ways that engineers are solving the world's problems.
I've reported pieces for WHYY's news desk on children's health, and for The Pulse, WHYY's health, science, and innovation show.
As a writer, I'm known for the depth of my reporting, my ability to accurately and clearly translate complicated concepts and jargon for the layperson, and for my sensitivity in helping people tell difficult stories. Two of my features, one about a man with ALS who was eventually able to ride a bike again, and one about how soldiers and researchers are using running to combat the symptoms of PTSD, were notable mentions in the Best American Sportswriting series. My latest piece, about ultra runner Rob Krar's struggle with depression, was a Top 5 Longreads of the Week.
As an editor, I’ve worked on everything from service packages and profiles to investigative reports and data visualizations. I'm a big fan of collaboration—if we can tell a story better as a team, let’s do it. Twice at Runner’s World, I formed digital teams to blow out a print story. I recruited web producers, animators, designers, and video producers to work with me and our writers on ambitious, groundbreaking multimedia projects. I'm a good leader because I respect my teammates' time and skills and appeal to their desires to do something they'd never done before. The result: Two nominations for the National Magazine Awards, a MIN award, and recognition from Google for our unique use of Google Maps APIs.
As a videographer, I'm climbing the learning curve! I recently attended the Multimedia Immersion Workshop at my alma mater, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. I love how visual storytelling forces my brain to adapt to yet another set of criteria for conveying information, emotion, and inspiring action. To date, I've created recruiting and explainer videos for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science (I'll be adding a page with links to that work soon).
As a human, I’m a cyclist, runner, and CrossFitter; a reader, gardener, and traveler. I love watching horses run and being outdoors. After college, I boxed up my mountain bike (after riding up the block for two minutes wearing a 40-pound backpack and deciding, I don't need panniers!) and flew to Ireland. After riding from Killarney to Galway (with a stop in Kilkee for panniers, which, it turns out, I needed, badly), I worked in a hostel, a wine bar, and on organic farms where I learned about compost toilets, goats, and very hard work.
After that, I spent three winters volunteering, studying, and hiking in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina, and one very hot June helping a researcher in the Yucatán catalog medicinal plants identified by the local shaman. I went back to school and got a dual Master's degree in environmental studies and journalism, and before graduating, spent a summer in the Bolivian Amazon reporting and writing my first investigative feature about why indigenous communities there torched an eco lodge.
I used to race bikes and run marathons and even ran a 50-miler a couple times, but now I just target big logs and nice views, and my goals these days mostly revolve around improving my Spanish. If it's nice out, you can usually find me outside. Reach out anytime.