Stanford University, Stanford, California                                                                                            1981-1985

B.A. in history and B.A. in Asian languages (Chinese).  Managing Editor, The Stanford Daily. Resident Assistant in freshman dorm.

Peking University, Haidian District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China                                           1985-1986

Year-long intensive Chinese language study.  Taught English as a second language to Chinese graduate students.  Traveled throughout China and Asia.


Freelance Writer, Editor and Author                                                                                             1990-present

Author or ghostwriter of six books and several hundred articles for national magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Smithsonian Air & Space, Wired, National Wildlife, Sierra, Popular Science, Family Circle, and many others. Have contributed to WebMD’s “Cancer Realities” blog since 2012.  Represented by Brandt & Hochman, Literary Agents, Inc.

American Forests – Consultant and Guest Editor                                                                           2006-2010

Consultant providing strategic and editorial project management services to oldest environmental non-profit organization in the United States. Guest edited two issues of the quarterly American Forests magazine.

Southwest Airlines Spirit—Contributing Editor                                                                             2002-2005

Regular contributor of stories on health, environment, and lifestyles for this award-winning in-flight magazine.

The Earth Times— Contributing Editor,                                                                                           1994-1995

Editor and writer for this non-profit newspaper covering development issues and the United Nations.


Katie Award, Dallas, Best Reporter Writing Portfolio. 2004. Outstanding News Feature, International Association of Firefighters, 2003. First Place, “Heart of America” Award, The American Legion Auxiliary 1999. Finalist, James Beard Foundation Award 1999. First Place, American Society of Journalists & Authors, Reporting on a Significant Topic, 1999. Silver medal, Interaional Regional Magazines Association, 1995. Various awards for newspaper writing.

Newspaper Experience

Courier Post, Cherry Hill, NJ, Special projects reporter. Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown, PA, Reporter. London Daily Telegraph, Beijing,Editorial assistant. Internships: Newsday (Melville, NY); San Jose Mercury News (CA); Center for Investigative Reporting (San Francisco, CA). Articles published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and many others.


Other Experience

Member: American Society of Journalists and Authors, Authors Guild.

Boards: American Society of Journalists and Authors, My Museum (Monterey, CA), Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Grace Cathedral Congregation Council

Skills: Writing, editing, research, editorial layout, social media, HTML, Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, iPhoto, iMovie.                          354 Vienna street, San Francisco, CA 94112