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Independent Writer, Editor and Communications Consultant
(2004 to present)

  • Copy writing, editing and print production for various commercial and nonprofit clients
  • Web site consulting and maintenance, Web content production, blogging and e-mail newsletters

Freelance Journalist and Feature Writer
(1998 to 2003)

  • Thailand- and California-based correspondent covering a range of international destinations, travel news and lifestyle topics
  • Contributor to Scripps Howard News Service,, TIME Asia, Islands Magazine, the San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, and other publications
  • In partnership with author and columnist Michael Shapiro, produced a weekly e-mail newsletter for The Industry Standard about travel and tourism in the digital age (November 2000 to April 2001)
  • Author of two chapters in Discovery Travel Adventures: Rain Forests, Discovery Books/Insight Guides, November 2000

Producer, San Francisco Sidewalk

  • Member of creative team that launched Microsoft’s Bay Area entertainment guide in October 1997
  • Wrote and produced online content related to sports, outdoor recreation, neighborhood profiles and weekend travel
  • Managed freelance contracts and contributions from a stable of writers
  • Worked closely with business development and product marketing staff to plan content acquisition and online promotions

Travel Programming Manager, GNN/America Online

  • Supervised creation of interactive content for the GNN Travelers’ Center, one of the first commercial Web sites devoted to travel and tourism; participated in October 1995 nationwide launch of re-branded GNN service
  • Conceived, developed, and launched the Trip Doctor, a Web-based consumer advocacy resource for travelers
  • Led the creative team that produced Spanq!, a daily Web commentary audio program
  • Extensive hands-on experience with HTML, e-mail lists, chat, and other Internet applications; evaluated emerging technologies and produced demos of new electronic publishing formats

Associate Travel Editor, San Francisco Examiner

  • Editing, feature writing, news writing, and production management for weekly newspaper travel section with a circulation of 700,000
  • Frequent international travel for article research and photography

Travel Copy Editor, San Francisco Examiner
(1988 to 1990)

  • Editing, fact-checking, and feature writing for Sunday travel section

Editorial Assistant, San Francisco Examiner
(1985 to 1987)

  • Personal assistant to Hearst Corporation publishing consultant Curt Anderson


Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1983-1984)
Master of Arts in French literature, Department of Romance Studies

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania (1979-1983)
Bachelor of Arts with High Honors, major in French language and literature

Université de Grenoble, France (Spring 1982)
Semester abroad, university-level studies in French language and literature

Experiment in International Living (Spring 1979)
High school semester abroad program in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France