After graduating summa cum laude with a journalism degree from the University of Florida, I worked for two years as a staff features writer at a daily New York Times Co. newspaper in Gainesville, Florida. Adventure led me to the Rocky Mountains, where I lived in a ski town, wrote and edited for a local paper, learned to snowboard, and eventually turned to full-time freelancing. I called Boulder, Colorado, home for five years, then moved into a 17-foot travel trailer with my husband and our two cats. We spent 15 months and 38,000 miles on the road from Colorado to Alaska to Florida (and a bunch of places in between) before settling back where it all began: Gainesville, home of the Gators, good people, and the best fried chicken in the South.

Work experience

  • Adjunct Lecturer, University of Florida College of Journalism & Communications, 2016.
  • Freelance Writer, various magazines, 2008-present.
  • Special Projects Editor, Backpacker, 2014.
  • Staff Writer/Copy Editor, Vail (Colorado) Trail, 2007-2008.
  • Staff Features Writer, The Gainesville (Florida) Sun, 2005-2007.
  • Stringer, The Sebastian (Florida) Sun, 2000-2005.


  • B.S. Journalism, Spanish minor. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; 2001-2005.                 Summa Cum Laude; 3.98 GPA; Honors Program
  • National Merit Scholar
  • President’s Honor Roll (4.0 GPA) for eight of nine semesters at UF
  • Mortar Board senior honor society