Bay Area Parent
Magazine. Duties consist of production of local section of the
monthly parenting magazine. Responsibilities include writing a monthly
column, article conception and assignment, working with freelancers, editing,
rewriting, headline writing, assigning photographs, supervising cover
design and acting as a liaison between writers, editors and the production
Beat Within, volunteer workshop facilitator for a weekly newsletter
that features writing by incarcerated juveniles.
- Staff writer and editor for the San Jose
Mercury News. For 10 years, I wrote for the lifestyle section and
the Sunday magazine. In this capacity, I wrote a wide range of features,
from profiles to investigative articles. I also served stints as both
lifestyle section editor and editor of the religion and ethics department.
Duties included managing a staff of 10 reporters, assigning articles,
editing, producing seven sections a week and acting as a liaison between
the various departments of the newspaper.
- Columnist for West Magazine, the Sunday
magazine of the San Jose Mercury News. For several years, I researched
and wrote a monthly column entitled "To Your Health," which
dealt with various consumer health issues.
- Writing instructor, University of California,
Santa Cruz and San Jose State University, upper-level magazine writing
course in the journalism department.
Relevant Publications (Partial List)
- Co-author, Somebody
Else's Children: The Courts, the Kids, the Struggle to Save America's
Troubled Families (hardcover Crown 1997; paperback Three Rivers
Press 1998). This is the first book by a mainstream publisher to examine
the day-to-day legal workings and life-or-death decisions of one (Santa
Clara County) juvenile justice and family court system. The book is
often used as text in law schools and sociology classes.
- Author, annual reports (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,
for Juvenile Justice. CJJ is a national non-profit organization
charged with reporting to the President, Congress and governors on legal
issues related to juvenile justice. Topics have included the transfer
of youth into the adult criminal justice system, mental health issues
in the juvenile justice system and conditions of confinement for incarcerated
- Lead writer for "The
Revolutionaries" series, which ran on 20 consecutive Sundays
in the San Jose Mercury News (front page) and on the site of
The Tech Museum of Innovation. The project conducted interviews with
19 pioneers and leaders in technology and science.
- Essays on Salon.com.
I Call Life, novel for middle readers/young adults, Henry Holt,
and Other Big, Fat Lies, middle-reader novel, Henry Holt, Fall 2006.
- Cold Hands, Warm Heart, young adult novel, Henry Holt, Spring 2009.
- Furious, young adult novel, Henry Holt, Spring 2013.
This American Life, “Ties That Bind.”
Awards and Fellowships (Partial List)
- Media award for outstanding
contribution in communicating the needs of youth, presented by the National
Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
- Finalist for the American
Bar Association Gavel Award
Society of Criminology Fellowship Award
- Finalist, Bay Area Book Critic's award for
best non-fiction book of 1998
- National Press Club Award for consumer writing
- Several Penney-Missouri national feature writing
Foundation Fellowship for reporting and writing on youth and family
B.A., Communications, magna cum laude,
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Available upon request.