I grew up in Denver, one of three children born to a seventh child, which means we had cousins coming out of the woodwork. We subscribed to both the morning Rocky Mountain News and the evening Denver Post, which I blame for my future editor's syndrome. I went to college at the University of Kansas in Lawrence; a journalism degree and a spring break trip took me to Austin, Texas, where I spent the next several years working at the Austin American-Statesman as an editor in features, news and the city desk. I met and married my husband there and made amazing friendships (7 girlfriends, very close, still). We moved to Arizona in 1997, where I spent three years working for the Arizona Republic editing Arts & Entertainment reporters. In Phoenix I fell in love with patio comas, Christmas lights on cactus and sunsets so glorious I nearly had car accidents trying to look at them. We miss the Valley still. We left Phoenix for the Washington, D.C. area, where my husband brought up an internet site and I worked as an assistant metro editor for the Washington Post. We were there for Sept. 11, 2001, and being at the Post watching them handle that news event was one of the more amazing journalism days I have ever experienced.
Since then, jobs and travel have taken us back near home, in Kansas City, and Arizona, where we are now. Every place we've lived has things we love about it, but right now we're missing family more than anything else.
I love working for Empowher, and think that every woman has to be her own health advocate these days, not only when she is ill but when she is healthy as well. Information is key, and it has to be well-sourced, responsible information that is accurate and clear. It's a privilege to be part of a staff that takes these values to heart.