I worked as a journalist for 21 years, including 13 years at The Dallas Morning News, where I focused on issues including homelessness, housing, mental health and child welfare. I also have used my skills to help advance nonprofits and educational institutions.
My book, Probably Someday Cancer, is about my experiences after being diagnosed with a BRCA2 mutation, which put me at an extremely high risk for breast and ovarian cancers. I was honored to receive a first place award in the Book Manuscript competition sponsored by the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in 2017.
My work has appeared in many publications including The Dallas Morning News, Seventeen, the Arlington Morning News, Texas Lawyer, the North County Times, Star-News, The Daily Texan and others.
I am grateful to have received numerous honors for my work, including a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, which provided training and support to write a 2009 series on chronic homelessness for The Dallas Morning News. The project was credited with helping lead to an increase in state funding to address chronic homelessness.
Other honors include: Mayborn Writing Competition, 2018, runner-up, Reported Narrative category; Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Circle of Excellence Awards, Gold Award, 2017; Texas Medical Association, media awards, 2010 and 2011; Annie E. Casey Foundation, media award honorable mention, 2011; National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas, media award, 2009; Texas Public Health Association, media award, 2010; Texas Homeless Network, media award, 2009; National Low-Income Housing Coalition, media award, 2009; Harry Chapin Media Award finalist, 2009; Mental Health America, Prism Award, 2006 and Dallas Bar Association Stephen Philbin Award, 2006.
I have bachelors degrees in English and journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Humanities/Literature from The University of Texas at Dallas.