I’m a design writer and blogger, recovering from almost 20 years in mainstream journalism. I was most recently the senior editor of Washington Spaces magazine, where I wrote for the magazine and was the principal writer for its daily blog.
Currently, I do freelance design writing for local publications, and help creative companies (designers, builders, architects, furniture makers…) write their own blogs.
Prior to Washington Spaces, I was the founding editor in chief of newspaper-insert publications for HGTV and Food Network at Scripps Media, a division of the networks’ parent company. In addition to interviewing on-air personalities for home- and food-related stories, I supervised contributing writers and photographers and was in charge of the general look and feel of the publications, HGTV Ideas, Food Network Grilling, and Food Network Holiday.
I was a news reporter for more than a decade before I specialized in design writing. My beats at the Stuart (FL) News in the mid ’90s included police, courts and local city government before I moved to the Scripps Howard bureau in Washington, where I became the Florida regional correspondent, covering Congress and the federal government for four Scripps newspapers in the Sunshine State.
I have two handsome sons and a talented husband:
Jim designed the graphics for this blog. By day, he’s the design director for the news and Money sections of USA Today. While we dated in Florida, he made my stories look good on the front page of the Stuart News. He also designed one of my publications for HGTV. Nothing he can’t do when it comes to graphic design, I’m telling you!