If you’re looking for my resume, you can read it here. This is the narrative version:

I’ve been a freelance writer since 2006, when I sold a first-person essay about being a Latina who can’t speak Spanish. Since going full-time freelance in 2009, I’ve covered everything from startups that turn trash into treasure to the science behind sweat to cities turning parking spaces into urban parklets.

When I’m not writing, I share my knowledge of the craft with college journalists. I’m currently an adjunct professor at Villanova University and the University of Delaware and an instructor at the University of Massachusetts. My courses include News Reporting and Writing, Feature Writing, Health Reporting, Journalism Practices, and an online-only introductory journalism class. Visit my teaching website.

A two-year stint at Newsday, a newspaper on Long Island, New York, launched my full-time writing career in 2007. I covered health and science, education, and municipal government for the daily, writing front-page stories and pieces that were reprinted in the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere.

I grew up in southern New Jersey and attended the University of Delaware, majoring in English and graduating cum laude. The next year, I earned my Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. During college and grad school, I interned at publications including the Columbia Journalism Review and the Baltimore Sun.