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Attendee Biographies

Brooke Adams
Salt Lake City, UT

I have worked for newspapers in Utah for more than 20 years, moving from a weekly journal to one of the two major dailies, to a start-up, short-lived alternative newspaper and landing finally at the state's largest daily publication. My current beat assignments at The Salt Lake Tribune include polygamy, domestic violence, child welfare and adoption. I offer editors a depth of knowledge about a multitude of topics; a deep source list in Utah and, in regards to polygamy, Canada, Arizona and Texas; and a reputation as a fair, accurate writer who gets it right and tells it in an entertaining style.

Karen Aho
Sausalito, CA

Former newspaper reporter in Alaska - dog mushing, end-of-the-road politicians, lost and mauled people, rural social issues. Mid-career masters program through the Columbia University School of Journalism - legal issues. Currently write consumer/econ pieces for MSN Money, MSN Real Estate; cover small business issues elsewhere. Interest in learning more about market opportunities & skills development for audio slideshows.

Bert Archer
Toronto, ON

Born in Montreal and raised in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria, I went to school in Toronto and Dublin, and began work as a journalist in 1994 as an editorial assistant at Quill & Quire, Canada's book trade magazine. From there, I became a full-time book reviewer for several years before being hired to be the managing editor of Eye Weekly, one of Toronto's two arts & news weeklies. Since 2005, I've written chiefly for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life magazine, the Toronto Star and, for the last several months, Yonge Street Media, part of the Issues Media Group. I wrote a book, The End of Gay and the Death of Heterosexuality, in 1998-99, which was published by Doubleday in Canada in 1999, Thunder Mouth Press in the US in 2001 and Vision in the UK in 2003. It was also translated and published in Italy and Turkey.

Eliza Barclay
Washington, DC

I am a writer and radio and multimedia producer covering public health, the environment, immigration, economic development and food. My work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic News, and The Lancet and aired on PRI's The World and NPR's LatinoUSA. I speak fluent Spanish and was based in Mexico 2004-2007. I've received fellowships from the International Reporting Project and the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting and the 2008 EcoHealth Prize from WFSJ. I will soon have an MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins.

Nancy Bazilchuk
Trondheim, NA

I am a freelance science and environmental writer who now lives in Norway, where I write about Scandinavian and arctic issues for magazines such as Audubon, New Scientist, Conservation Magazine and Environmental Health Perspectives. Before moving to Norway 8 years ago I worked for nearly 15 years as the environmental and science writer for the Burlington (VT) Free Press, where my work won the AAAS Westinghouse Science Journalism Award (1993) as well as numerous Gannett Corp. awards, including Outstanding Writer of the Year Award (1996). I was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow in 1996-1997.

Genevive Bjorn
Solana Beach, CA

I learned the skills of a science writer on the job, without formal training or an academic degree in journalism, thanks to patient editors and persistent self-study. My formal academic training was in biomedical sciences, not journalism, culminating in a master's degree from the University of Hawaii. My writing career started when I took a position as a science writer at an international astronomical observatory. After working there for a year, I wanted to cover more fields of science, including medicine. So I made the leap to freelance. That was six years ago. Since then, I have worked my way up the writing food chain to become a regular contributor to Nature Medicine and NatureJobs. In the process, I have learned how to find a great story, write a winning pitch, develop sources, conduct interviews, work with editors and meet deadlines. Concurrently, I expanded the scope of my work to include travel writing. I have produced numerous short articles for Hana Hou!, the in-flight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, and I author a popular blog about Hawaii entitled "3-Minute Vacation".

Laurie Bouck
San Francisco, CA

I am a San Francisco-based freelance writer and editor focusing on health and medicine. I enjoy making complex health information accessible and interesting for readers ranging from low-literacy patients to MDs and CEOs. I have worked as a writer and editor for over ten years, and freelanced since 2003 for clients such as Medscape Medical News, Parenting Magazine, Pregnancy, Stanford University, McMurry Custom Publishers, and McGraw-Hill Online. In 2009, I co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vaccinations with a pediatric epidemiologist. I also write about medicine and public health on my blog, MedFly ( Before I began freelancing, I spent three years writing and managing patient education materials for the medical publisher StayWell/Krames. Many of the materials I wrote for StayWell received National Health Information Awards.

Barbara Boughton
El Cerrito, CA

Barbara Boughton is an award-winning feature writer, who specializes in writing about health and medicine and design and architecture. Her articles have appeared in consumer magazines such as Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens and Consumer Reports. She has also written for medical trade magazines and journals such as Journal of the National Cancer Institute and the Lancet Oncology. She is the co-author of the recently published book, Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Twelve Steps to a Healthier Life, published by Demos Medical Publishing and the American Cancer Society.

Lydia Breen
Carlsbad, CA
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Documentary filmmaker and freelance writer, covering human rights, health and the environment. I also blog about arts and activism in Southern California. Worked for UN Refugee Agency and International Red Cross on refugee issues, particularly pertaining to women and children. Covered UN meetings on economic development and torture. Currently interested in air quality around schools at the Port of Long Beach, CA. Looking into emissions from oil refineries in the area.

Monica Campbell
Cambridge, MA

Monica Campbell, a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, worked as a Mexico City-based freelance journalist from 2003-2008 covering Mexico and Latin America, concentrating on political movements, immigration and drug cartel violence. Her regular clients included The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle and Newsweek. She was also a correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Her work also appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Economist, Amnesty International Magazine, USA Today, Americas Quarterly, Harvard's Revista, and Marie Claire. She also serves as a Mexico consultant for non-profit organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, for whom she has conducted on-the-ground investigations of murdered and disappeared journalists. A California native, Campbell moved to Mexico after earning a master's degree in Latin American Studies at New York University and working as deputy Latin America editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit in New York. At Harvard, Campbell is studying how criminal organizations fuel fear and corruption, with a focus on Mexico.

Michaela Cavallaro
South Portland, ME

Michaela Cavallaro is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance and small business, as well as a member of the board of directors at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Her work has appeared in (or on) the Wall Street Journal, Money magazine, and Fidelity Investor's Quarterly. She also covers food and lifestyles for outlets including Organic Gardening, Down East and Barnard magazines. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Mainebiz, Michaela was named national Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2005.

Alice Chen
SF Bay Area, CA

Alice C. Chen developed her passion for journalism while exploring the Amazon Rainforest as an undergraduate at Stanford. She earned a master's from Medill and is now an award-winning Bay Area journalist. Alice has a decade of experience across media and her work's appeared in the SF Chronicle, BNET and Newsweek. Her specialties include health, profiles and narrative writing. Previously, Alice was a staff reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one of the country's largest papers.

Bob Cooper
San Anselmo, CA

Bob Cooper has been a full-time freelance writer and editor for decades, specializing in health, outdoor sports and active travel. He is a contributing editor for Runner's World and has been a regular contributor to Men's Journal, Men's Fitness and the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. Recent articles have appeared in Inc., Ladies' Home Journal and National Geographic Adventure. He is recipient of the 2008 ASJA "Outstanding Service Article" and 2005 ASJA 'Making A Difference' awards.

Malaika Costello-Dougherty
San Francisco, CA

Malaika Costello-Dougherty is a freelance writer who lives in San Francisco. Her feature writing often covers education and culture. Her work has appeared in the Believer Magazine, Independent (London), Edutopia, and other outlets. She's working on a book about growing up in the Haight Ashbury in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. Writing, blogging, editing, and multimedia samples can be found at

Vic Cox
Goleta, CA

For more than 20 years I freelanced science, travel, and human interest features to U.S. magazines, wrote two nonfiction young adult books, and then joined UC Santa Barbara to edit/write an in-house newspaper. Now retired, I am trying to resume my freelance career.

Elizabeth Crane
San Francisco, CA
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Elizabeth Crane has been a freelance writer for 15 years. In that time, she's written or worked on several books ghosted and original as well as articles for magazines local and national, newspapers, and websites current and defunct. While she is generally happy to write about anything, recent topics include food, education, parenting, business, and transgender politics.

Ronnie Crocker
Houston, TX

In my 25-year journalism career, I have covered a variety of beats, primarily criminal justice and public education. My education coverage in Virginia won state and national awards. As an editor at a major Texas daily newspaper, I have been responsible for state and city news coverage. I now lead a senior team of general-assignments reporters and write about beer.

Laura Del Rosso
San Francisco, CA
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Laura Del Rosso is a veteran newspaper and trade publication journalist. She was west coast bureau chief for Travel Weekly, an trade publication, for 16 years. A freelancer since 2002, she specializes in the travel industry and travel. Laura wrote Great Escapes: Northern California (Countryman Press 2008) a weekend getaways book, and articles published in a variety of online and offline outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Budget Travel and the Boston Herald. She is contributing editor for Travel Weekly, maintains a blog( and is writing phone apps, available through iTunes.

Dave Denison
Arlington, MA

I've been an editor at The Texas Observer, CommonWealth magazine, and The American Prospect. I was a Nieman Fellow in 1989-1990. As a free-lancer since 2002, I've written for The Boston Globe, Boston College Magazine, CommonWealth, and the New York Times Magazine. I also work as a free-lance editor. Selected archives are at

Jessica DuLong
Brooklyn, NY

Jessica DuLong is the author of My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work that Built America, winner of the 2010 ASJA Outstanding Book Award for memoir. Published by Free Press in 2009, the book was lauded as "elegantly written" by Gay Talese, who noted that it "carries forward the craft of literary non-fiction with grace and energy." DuLong is also one of the world's only female fireboat engineers, and runs the five 600-hp diesels aboard NYC fireboat John J. Harvey along the Hudson River.

Micky Duxbury
Berkeley, CA

Author of well-received non-fiction book: Making Room In Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption, (Routledge, 2007) Freelance writer. Have published in East Bay Express, The Monthly; SF Writer's Conference Anthology, Turning Wheel. Most interested in covering: effects of disparities in access to health care, especially complementary medicine; racial bias in policing; racial justice issues. Next book: Sixties Radicals Have Turned Sixty: what do they think of then and now.

Rose Economou
Oak Park, IL

Rose Economou aspires to be a writer and producer of mini-docs for the web. Her credits include: a Nieman Fellowship for Journalists at Harvard University;an occasional contributor to WBEZ Public Radio and The Nieman Reports;former Board President of IN THESE TIMES; winner of seven Emmy awards, four Chicago International Film Festival awards, a DuPont-Columbia award, AP and UPI awards and a dozen other journalism prizes. She is also a former newsmagazine producer for CBS News' Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt and is currently an associate professor of Journalism at Columbia College Chicago. When pressed, she claims to be in the witness protection program.

Katherine Ellison
San Anselmo, CA

Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer prize-winning former foreign correspondent and author of four books, including the memoir, "Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention," due out this fall from Hyperion Voice.

Bonnie Eslinger
Emeryville, CA

Bonnie Eslinger has been a journalist for more than a decade. She worked for six years at the San Francisco Examiner, starting on the education beat, then covering City Hall and Mayor Gavin Newsom, and eventually becoming a local news editor. She began her newspaper career working as a stringer for the Modesto Bee while attending UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Additionally, she has helped launch a magazine for women travelers, published an essay in Newsweek about her decision not to get married, and taught high school journalism. She has also written freelance for several Bay Area publications.

Sue Fagalde Lick
South Beach, OR

After many years as a newspaper reporter and editor in the Bay Area, Sue Fagalde Lick moved into fulltime freelancing. Her articles have appeared in Oregon Coast, Oregon Business, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Bay Area Parent, Writer's Digest,and Northwest Senior News, among others. She has also published four books, including Freelancing for Newspapers and three books on Portuguese Americans. She is currently working on a book on childless women.

Robin Farmer
Mechanicsville, VA

As a veteran journalist, Robin is drawn to stories about young people. She has written about urban students defying the odds at some of the worst public schools, where being smart carries a stigma. She has explored the suicide of an 8 year-old. She has chronicled a college student's decision to acknowledge she is transgendered. Every major journalism award she has won revolved around children and young adults. She is drawn to stories with distinctive voices about young people. With an investigative journalism background, Robin has more than 20 years of award-winning expertise in news, education, feature and narrative reporting and writing. She has dipped her toes in teaching, serving as an adjunct professor and lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University and as a writing instructor for area teens interested in journalism. She also has public relations experience in public health and politics. An aspiring screenwriter, she's open for the next inciting incident that will spin her life into a new direction.

Anne Fitzgerald
Bondurant, IA

Anne Fitzgerald is a writer, farmer and recovering daily newsroom vet. She covered agriculture, politics and the business of health care for seven years at the Wichita Eagle, then was agribusiness writer for 12 years at the Des Moines Register. Fitzgerald has won numerous awards for her coverage of agriculture and the food chain. In 2000, she was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Douglas Fox
San Francisco, CA

Freelance writer who focuses on science, environment, and technology. Writes for Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Scientific American, National Geographic, Popular Science, the The Christian Science Monitor, the La Times, and others.

Barbara Fraser
Silver Spring, MD

Freelance journalist based in Lima, Peru, writing mainly on environment, health & social/cultural issues. Much of my work relates to the interplay of culture and environment and the impact of policies and decisions in the US on the lives, surroundings, health and livelihood of people in Latin America. My work has appeared in The Lancet, Environmental Science & Technology, National Catholic Reporter and other publications. Two-time winner of Eileen Egan award for reporting on humanitarian issues.

Steve Friess
Las Vegas, NV

Steve Friess is a Vegas-based writer whose work appears regularly in the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, AOL News, the L.A. Weekly, AFP, Wired News, Portfolio.Com and others. He was voted Vegas' top blogger in 2010 by Las Vegas CityLife readers for VegasHappensHere.Com, hosts the weekly celeb-interview podcast The Strip and writes a column on the intersection of business and culture on the Strip for Las Vegas Weekly. Friess spent two years covering China for USA Today and has also penned news reports and magazine features from Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Cambodia and South Korea.

Alison Fromme
Ithaca, NY
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Alison Fromme ( writes about sustainability, food, and biology. Upstate NY is her home and her beat - her latest creation is a hyperlocal niche blog, Ithaca's Food Web There, she publishes local food news and commentary on topics ranging from crop disease outbreaks to school lunch reform - and how it all relates to national issues. Her past work includes writing for national magazines, contributing to books, and researching snails in New Zealand.

Mona Gable
Los Angeles, CA

I'm a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine, Health, Ladies Home Journal, and LA magazine, among other publications. My essays have also been published in several anthologies, including Salon's best-selling "Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood." As a journalist, I've always written about what interests me, whether it's politics, women's issues, medicine, or parenting.

Jane Ganahl
Half Moon Bay, CA

Twenty-four years with Hearst newspapers, covering everything from neighborhood crime to SF politics to arts to rock music to single life. Final five years at SF Chron spent writing a Sunday column about single life. That was spun into a book, "Naked on the Page: the Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife" and bought for a TV series. Also edited an anthology of women writers, "Single Woman of a Certain Age." Make most of my living as director of Litquake literary festival, but still freelance. Have done pieces for Bazaar, Ladies Home Journal, SF, Harp,,, and more. Also many unpaid pieces for outlets like HuffPo, Women on the Web and more.

Aleta George
Suisun City, CA

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, journalist and geographer Aleta George contributes to numerous local and national publications. She is a frequent contributor to San Francisco Chronicle and writes a regular column for Bay Nature magazine. Her stories have also been published in Smithsonian, Los Angeles Times, High Country News and Christian Science Monitor. George specializes in environmental topics and the natural and cultural history of California. She also likes to profile inspiring people such as an African American who saved a shoreline marsh in Richmond, a walnut farmer who exposes urban high school students to farming, and a woman who rents out rooms to promote cultural understanding. Aleta graduated with honors from San Francisco State University and lives at the northeastern edge of the San Francisco Bay where land meets water, and city meets farm. She is currently working on a biography about Ina Coolbrith, California's first poet laureate and niece of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. Bittersweet Song tells the story of one of the West's most beloved poets who counted as friends Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir. As Oakland's first public librarian, Coolbrith mentored the young Jack London and Isadora Duncan. Bittersweet Song explores Coolbrith's Mormon heritage and follows her struggles and triumphs as an artist from the Civil War to the eve of the Great Depression. Bittersweet Song celebrates Coolbrith as one of America's most important pioneer poets.

Michael Giglio
Aquebogue, NY

I recently left the Houston Press and will relocate to Colombia this fall. At the Press I covered topics from a homeless kid's attempt to sell his kidney and the fall of a local rapper to a potentially innocent Death Row inmate. I was one of 10 Americans awarded the 2008 Arthur Burns fellowship, which put me at Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. I wrote news features for Spiegel as well. I've been an editor at the Sporting News, a freelancer for Charlotte, and edited for a newspaper in Bangkok. I graduated from Davidson College in 2006, where I was a rugby captain rugby and managing editor.

Alison Gregor
New York, NY

I was a journalist at daily newspapers out West for about nine years before returning to New York City, where I was born in 2002. On staff, I covered everything from local, state and federal government; arts and entertainment; police and crime; and I ran a news bureau on the U.S.-Mexico border for several years. Since 2004, I have been a full-time freelance journalist, nonfiction writer and editor (also a fact-checker). I've written a lot about business, specifically real estate, both residential and commercial, and dabbled in some arts writing and other subjects, for daily newspapers, such as The New York Times and The Financial Times. I've also written for NGOs that work with the United Nations; written an exhibit about the Mummies of Guanajuato for the Detroit Science Center; compiled a nonfiction book proposal; and fact-checked various nonfiction works, among other projects.

Liza Gross
Kensington, CA

I'm a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area and a staff editor at the open-access biomedical journal PLoS Biology. I write about wildlife, ecology, conservation, environmental health, science policy, and wine. I started my publishing career at Wine Spectator over 20 years ago, then moved on to Parenting, Sierra, and the Exploratorium, where I wrote essays for the Web and all the copy for a new collection of life sciences exhibits. As a new contributor to Wines & Vines, I cover the science of wine. My stories have appeared in High Country News, Sierra, Tikkun, Wines & Vines, and PLoS Biology.

Emily Hanford
Takoma Park, MD

Emily Hanford writes about education and produces radio and web-based documentaries for American Public Media. Her work has received a duPont-Columbia Award, a Casey Medal, a National Headliner Grand Award and dozens of other national and regional awards. Emily has worked as a senior editor, news director, reporter and producer at several public radio stations including North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC and WBEZ-Chicago. She is a graduate of Amherst College.

Tam Harbert
Rockville, MD

Freelance journalist Tam Harbert has covered technology, business and public policy for more than 20 years. For 10 years, she worked for Electronic Business magazine in various positions, including executive editor and national editor. Before that, she worked at various magazines and newspapers, including Computerworld and Computer Sources. Harbert's work has earned her nearly a dozen awards, including the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award. For more information, go to

Laird Harrison
Oakland, CA

Multimedia journalist Laird Harrison has written articles and produced audio and video for some of the nation's leading news organizations. These include TIME, PEOPLE,, Salon, the Chicago Tribune the Smithsonian Magazine WUNC radio. Laird currently serves as Senior Editor at, a Web site for dental professionals. Previously he held the position of associate editor at WebMD. He has taught journalism at San Francisco State University, Media Bistro and the University of California Extension and has received awards from the California Newspaper Publisher's Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

John Hart
San Rafael, CA

John Hart is the author of *San Francisco Bay, Portrait of an Estuary* (University of California Press 2003), twelve other books, and hundreds of articles, chiefly in the environmental field. Recognitions include the Commonwealth Club of California Medal in Californiana (twice) and the James D. Phelan Award. He is also a widely published poet, with a book in the Pitt Poetry Series. He is looking to widen his markets from a solid specialist and regional base.

Lisa Hix
Oakland, CA

Lisa Hix regularly appears in The San Francisco Chronicle, where she worked as a copy editor for seven years. She created the Clubland nightlife column and developed a music podcast for the paper. She had a long-running series in Elle Girl, and she's been published in Glamour, Teen Vogue, Bust, Venus Zine, Intersection, Yahoo! Year in Review, and The SFist blog covering topics as diverse as abortion doulas, flying cars, and American Indian powwow dancing. Other jobs have included serving as the managing editor of Flavorpill SF, and working as a front-page Featured Box producer for Yahoo!

Courtney Humphries
Jamaica Plain, MA

Courtney Humphries is a full-time freelance writer specializing in science, health, and nature. She is the author of Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan....And the World, a natural history of pigeons published in 2008 by Smithsonian Books. She is a contributing editor at Harvard Magazine and writes the Boston Globe's weekly Health Answers column. Her work has appeared in print and online at Technology Review, Seed Magazine, the Boston Globe, Conservation Magazine, Body+Soul, and Gourmet, among others.

Rebecca Hurd
Fairview, PA

Rebecca Smith Hurd is a freelance editor, writer, and editorial consultant who outsourced herself to Mexico in 2007. Her clients include U.S.-based print and online media, nonprofits, and design consultancies. She also teaches classes for Mediabistro and serves as the editorial director of Hurd's traditional job experience includes a six-year stint as assistant managing editor at Wired. She holds a bachelor's degree in news reporting and editing from San Jose State University.

Edward Iwata
Cupertino, CA

Edward Iwata is an award-winning journalist, blogger of the business blog, and author of the forthcoming "Fusion Leaders: Cross-Cultural Executives & Entrepreneurs Changing the Global Economy" (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2010). A former USA Today business reporter in Silicon Valley, Ed has written about cross-cultural topics; the global and immigrant economies; the technology industry and companies; entrepreneurship and innovation; legal and regulatory issues; corporate scandals including Enron; natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and other subjects. As a business writer at the San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle and the Orange County Register, Ed specialized in the Asian/Pacific Rim economy; Hong Kong's historic 1997 return to China; major investigations of corporations and politicians; the financial and technology sectors; and workplace/management/career issues. As a Los Angeles Times contributor, he wrote many front-page features on literature, film and popular culture. Ed has won numerous national and regional writing awards. Ed has served as a chapter officer, board member or conference organizer with the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and UNITY, a landmark convention of minority journalism groups and the largest journalism gathering in U.S. history. Born and raised in South-Central Los Angeles, Ed is a journalism graduate of California State University at Long Beach and the Maynard Institute, a leading non-profit media training organization in Oakland, California.

Jan Greene
Alameda, CA

Jan Greene is an experienced health care writer, having covered health and medicine since 1993 for daily newspapers, magazines and online. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review Journal, Health magazine,, Annals of Emergency Medicine and many other publications. She's been a journalist for more than 25 years and is developing a blog for consumers of health plans.

Matt Jenkins
Berkeley, CA

I have covered everything from the band of sea captains who guide ships across the treacherous Columbia River Bar to the strategists behind the biggest political battles over water in the desert West. My work has appeared in Smithsonian magazine, The New York Times, Men's Journal and other national publications. I am a contributing editor to High Country News and received the 2006 James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. My work is online at

John Johnson Jr.
Long Beach, CA

Experienced journalist. Covered space and physics for the Los Angeles Times over the past five years. Previous to that, was a state reporter at the Times. A member of the Literary Team. Participated in three Pulitzer Prizes. Won the Gold Medal from the IRE. Was a Washington correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.

Diana Kapp
San Francisco, CA

Diana Kapp is a magazine journalist who writes about a broad range of political, educational and cultural topics. She has written on the $3B California stem cell initiative, the tragic suicide of UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Denice Denton, New York's arcane, fault-based divorce law and pausing the biological clock by egg-freezing. Her work has appeared in ELLE, O The Oprah Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and spends as much time as possible in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.

Katherine Seligman
San Francisco, CA

I'm a freelance journalist who writes profiles as well as features on a variety of social issues and health trends for magazines and newspapers. I have 25 years of experience at newpapers, including USA Today, where I was a correspondent In San Francisco, The San Francisco Examiner and The San Francisco Chronicle, where I was a staff writer at the magazine. My work has appeared in Redbook, Money, Time, Life, Stanford and Geo magazines and I continue to contribute to the Chronicle. I have a BA from Stanford and attended UC-Berkeley's graduate journalism school.

Karen Kefauver
Santa Cruz, CA

I am a freelance journalist who specializes in stories on endurance sports and adventure travel. I have been freelancing full time since 1996 and was a frequent contributor to the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine as well as national sports magazines. With my print journalism background, I have transitioned to blogging and writing web content for a variety of websites including Orbitz-owned Additionally, I am a social media specialist and consult with small businesses, teaching them how to effectively use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to enhance their marketing.

Kristin Kloberdanz
Modesto, CA

After being the assignment editor and a reporter/writer for Time magazine's Midwest bureau for five years, I am now a California-based freelancer for Time, and the Chicago Tribune. Although I have an extensive history covering literature (I was a senior editor at Book magazine for five years and continue to write monthly book reviews for the Tribune), I have covered everything from politics to pop culture for Time and other publications. As an experienced journalist, I am just as comfortable interviewing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as I am touring decrepit Central Valley homes with guns-drawn police officers.

Johanna Knapschaefer
Manchester, NH

Johanna Knapschaefer, a versatile freelance writer, has been writing about global business, metals, financial services, architecture, engineering and construction and general business in the past 15 years. She has written for newspapers, magazines, trade journals and the Web with articles appearing in publications including American Banker, Business Week, Bank Investment Consultant, Community Banker, Engineering News Record and many others. Currently, she is reporting about the environment and sustainable design while working on two Japan-related memoir book proposals.

Marina Krakovsky
San Mateo, CA
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Marina Krakovsky ( is co-author of a book about behavioral economics in business, which will be published by Portfolio in October. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Discover, the New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, Stanford Magazine, the Washington Post, Slate, and other publications. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English.

Susan Kuchinskas
Berkeley, CA

I'm an experienced, versatile journalist and author who's specialized in internet technology and advertising since their invention. I've expanded my work to include science and lifestyle stories for publications including Scientific American, WebMD and, a new blog network published by NBC/Universal. My second book, The Chemistry of Connection, explains the neurochemistry of love; my first book, Going Mobile, was a guide to mobile applications for business executives. My forte is making wonky concepts intelligible to the lay reader, while explaining how the science or technology matters to us all.

Roberta Kwok
Foster City, CA

Roberta Kwok is a freelance science writer who has contributed to Nature, Conservation,, California and Science News for Kids. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Stanford University and worked as a software engineer for four years in Silicon Valley. After studying creative writing at Indiana University Bloomington, she completed a graduate certification program in science writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz and internships at SETI Radio, ScienceNOW and Nature magazine. Roberta now freelances full-time in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes regularly for Conservation magazine's Journal Watch Online blog. Her website is

Jenni Laidman
Louisville, KY

Jenni Laidman writes about earthquakes, stem cells, horse sex, plastic surgery, home remodeling, sex toys, drinking and cooking -- practiced together or separately -- frog extinction, unpardonable vulgarisms, the science of play, earthworms, and other stuff as a freelance writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has been published in Reader's Digest, Louisville Magazine, Her Scene magazine, the Toledo Blade,, and elsewhere.

Gordon Laird
Calgary, AB

Gordon Laird's writing and commentary have been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, Far Eastern Economic Review, Report on Business, Mother Jones, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star. Named "one of the best and best-informed minds in the world" by The Globe and Mail, Gordon Laird has won several Canadian National Magazine Awards, including top honors for investigative reporting. In 2009-2010, his newest book, The Price of a Bargain, is being published in several languages. Laird lives next to the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Canada with his wife and son.

Sandra Lamb
Denver, CO

Sandra E. Lamb began her career as a technical writer, editor, and ghostwriter. She has written nonfiction books and numerous articles for national magazines and newspapers. She's writing her first narrative nonfiction book to be published by Crown next year.

Laura Lane
Menlo Park, CA

Laura Lane began her journalism career at the Stanford Daily, where she was the science editor, more than 10 years ago while completing her master's degree in biology at Stanford University. She then moved on to cover general assignment, business, science, health and the biotechnology industry for the Dallas Morning News, Contra Costa Times and WebMD. As a freelancer, her work has appeared in Yoga Journal, Shape, Men's Journal and Harvard Women's Health Newsletter. Most recently, she has focused her attention on writing for publications geared toward biomedical researchers and physicians.

Jacques Leslie
Mill Valley, CA

I'm a writer of narrative nonfiction chiefly on environmental issues. My book on dams, Deep Water, won the J. Anthony Lukas Book-in-Progress Award, and I've won numerous other national awards. I've written cover stories for Harper's and Mother Jones, and I've done pieces for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Wired (where I was a contributing writer), Orion, OnEarth, the Columbia Journalism Review, and many others. I covered the Vietnam War for the Los Angeles Times.

Rachel Levin
San Francisco, CA

Rachel Levin is a senior travel editor at Sunset magazine, where she edits the Pacific Northwest weekend section; travel and food features; and, these days, what seems like a zillion short blurbs. In addition to writing travel stories for Sunset, her work has also appeared in such publications as The New York Times, San Francisco magazine, where she is a contributing writer, and The Martha's Vineyard Times, where she spent a blissful half a year living on the island as a staff reporter. She graduated with a BA in philosophy from Colgate University and then quickly hightailed-it out west to San Francisco. She's still there-now with a husband and almost-two year old daughter.

Devra Hall Levy
Altadena, CA

Devra Hall Levy is a Los Angeles-based writer, with a penchant for biography and jazz. She is the author of "Men, Women, and Girl Singers", "Strollin'" and "The CD-ROM Revolution." Articles and reviews have appeared in Miller-McCune, Billboard Magazine, Jazz Improv, The New York Times Book Review, and in the CD booklets of recordings by Oscar Peterson, Joe Williams, Jim Hall, Nancy Wilson, The English Chamber Orchestra, and The London Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer Lewington
Stratford, ON, Canada

Jennifer Lewington is an award-winning journalist who spent almost 30 years with The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. Co-winner of a National Newspaper Award (and other distinctions), she was the Globe's first female foreign correspondent in 1984. She covered national political and business news out of Ottawa, Washington DC and Toronto and is a former freelancer for The Economist and the Chronicle of Higher Education. By choice, she retired early from the Globe in January to pursue a freelance career in Stratford, Ontario, writing on education, urban issues and business topics.

Jas Lonnquist
San Jose, CA

Jas Lonnquist is a Silicon Valley-based writer/producer with credits and awards in film, television, video, print, and online. Her specialties are technology, travel, lifestyle, and humor. She's currently completing work on a 16-film project for the Computer History Museum's expansion which opens in December 2010.

Li Miao Lovett
San Francisco, CA

Li Miao Lovett began contributing to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2001, after a 600-mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. She has written about environmental issues in the U.S. and China for Earth Island Journal, Narrative Magazine, High Country News, and KQED public radio. Her literary work has won awards in both fiction and nonfiction. She has organized events for Words Without Borders showcasing the works of dissidents and censored writers. Her forthcoming novel, In the Lap of the Gods (Leapfrog Press, Nov. 2010), portrays the lives of migrants displaced by China's Three Gorges Dam.

Emily Maleki
La Canada, CA

Former associate producer for the NBC Today Show and NBC Network News with demonstrated ability in producing short and long form pieces, including feature and entertainment stories and breaking news. Currently, a freelance AP based in Los Angeles and transitioning into digital media and online journalism. Recently co-produced two long-form pieces for Human Rights Watch, regarding Life Without Parole for Juvenile Offenders and the Los Angeles Rape Kit Backlog. A historian at heart.

Linda Marsa
Los Angeles, CA

I'm a contributing editor for Discover and am writing a book on global warming and health. I've been a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a contributing editor for Ladies' Home Journal and Omni. My stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles, Reader's Digest, Playboy, Popular Science, Financial Times, Utne Reader, Spin and Reader's Digest. I'm the author of Prescription for Profits and have received several awards, including ASJA's June Roth Award for Medical Journalism in 2006 and 2009; and a Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism in 2010.

Terrie Claflin Martin
Medford, OR

I worked for a community newspaper for 12 years, winning many state and regional awards, was nominated for a Pulitzer and won "best non-deadline writing" from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. I have spent the past 15 years teaching journalism at a university and am returning to freelancing now that my kids are through college.

JoBeth McDaniel
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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JoBeth McDaniel is an author and journalist whose work has been published in several books and in magazines including Life, Reader's Digest, House Beautiful, BusinessWeek and Newsweek.

Kelly McGonigal
Palo Alto, CA
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Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist at Stanford University and the author of Yoga for Pain Relief (New Harbinger 2009) and The Science of Willpower (Penguin forthcoming). She is a regular contributor to IDEA Fitness Journal and Yoga Journal, and blogs for Psychology Today. Her writing translates the latest neuroscience, mind-body, and medical research into practical advice for a general audience.

Christy McKerney
Santa Cruz, CA

Journalist Christy McKerney's most recent project, Finding Faith: A Journey through America's Religious Landscape, for Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive, took her from Santeria altars in Miami to a church above the Arctic Circle. She covered government, politics, courts, cops, disasters, and homeland security at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where she was part of a Pulitzer finalist staff. She also studied religions in society at Harvard, where she earned a master's in theological studies. She is married with a one-year-old daughter.

Robin Meadows
Fairfield, CA

Robin is an award-winning freelance science writer and editor. She has a broad background in the life sciences -- ranging from molecular biology and development to neurobiology and behavior -- and is an expert in conservation, ecology and the environment. Her credits include Audubon, California Agriculture, ChemMatters, Conservation, Ecosystem Marketplace, Environmental Health Perspectives, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Muse, Nature, Public Library of Science Biology, the San Francisco Chronicle and Smithsonian Zoogoer.

Judith Lewis Mernit
Venice, CA

I was an editor and staff writer in various capacities at the LA Weekly, where I started out as arts editor in 1991. In 2007, after staking out the environmental beat at the paper, I left to freelance. Since then, I've written for Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Sierra Magazine, and High Country News, where I'm a contributing editor. I also contributed to and co-edited a book about earthquakes for the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and have contributed several essays to anthologies.

Heather Millar
Brooklyn, NY

Born and raised in the Bay Area, graduated from Stanford in 1985 with degrees in Chinese and history. Now live in Brooklyn, NY. Lived in China and Hong Kong in the late 1980s. Have been a ghostwriter, author and freelance magazine writer for 20 years. Have ghosted a book on Asia-Pacific, written several hundred magazine features, authored four YA books on history and technology. Over the years, I have covered tree-sitters, fire ants, Chinese foreign policy, nuns, astronomy and other topics for magazines such as Smithsonian, The Atlantic Monthly, Sierra, Wired, National Wildlife, Health and many others.

Tracey Minkin
Providence, RI

Tracey Minkin realized, as an undergraduate in the fiction writing program at Stanford University, that while she had a knack for pace, tempo, and rhythm in her writing, she could not make up a story to save her life. So she graduated, worked, refined a non-fiction skill set at Columbia University's School of Journalism, and went to work telling other people's stories. She's done it mostly for national and regional magazines, on diverse beats, and she's worked as an editor as well. She loves magazines, but wonders what happens after Gourmet folds. She can't wait to find out, and that's why she's here. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Carolina Miranda
Brooklyn, NY

Carolina A. Miranda is a Brooklyn-based writer who has penned articles on travel and culture for magazines such as Time, ArtNews and Budget Travel, and is a contributing editor at public radio affiliate WNYC. Previously, she was a staff reporter at Time. She has reported on skatepark design, architectural pedagogy in Los Angeles, street art in museums and Lima's burgeoningfood scene. In 2008, she was a fellow at the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program for her arts blog In January of 2010, the Times named her one of nine people to follow on Twitter (@cmonstah).

John Moir
Santa Cruz, CA

John Moir is an award-winning author and environmental journalist whose special interest is the preservation of biodiversity. Moir's dramatic nonfiction book, Return of the Condor: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction, was a finalist for the 2008 William Saroyan International Writing Prize from Stanford University and was also selected as one of the five best pieces of science journalism in 2007 by the National Association of Science Writers. His Smithsonian magazine article, "Condors in a Coal Mine," was the Grand Prize Winner for the 2009 Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Moir has written on a multitude of topics and his many articles have appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Smithsonian, Birder's World, Orion, Audubon California, High Country News, Birding, Outside, Poets and Writers, and elsewhere. Moir is the author of two nonfiction books, has contributed to three anthologies, and has won 19 writing awards. He is currently a staff writer for the National Science Teachers Association. Moir is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, National Association of Science Writers, Authors Guild, and American Society of Journalists and Authors. He belongs to the American Birding Association and has traveled the world in search of birds. Moir is also a docent naturalist at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. For more information, go to

Judy Molland
Redwood City, CA

My specialty is parenting and education. I am both a writer and a teacher (and a parent). I have written numerous articles for parenting magazines such as Parents, Los Angeles Parent, Bay Area Parent, Chicago Baby. I have also published two books: Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit, 2007) and Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009). With my second book, I have become very involved with the movement to reconnect children and nature, both writing articles and making presentations.

Anne Mullens
Victoria, BC

Anne Mullens is a Canadian journalist, author and editor. After 10 years as the medical reporter at the Vancouver Sun, she has been freelance writing for magazines for 18 years. With a BSc and BJ, she specializes in science and medical writing as well as creative non-fiction narrative. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books and has won more than a dozen Canadian awards for her writing and research. Along with continuing to write for some of Canada's leading magazines as a freelancer, she is now the managing editor of Boulevard, a Victoria BC lifestyle publication.

Michelle Nijhuis
Paonia, CO

I'm a longtime contributing editor of High Country News. My work has also appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times and other publications. My reporting on conservation and global change has won the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism and an AAAS Science Journalism Award, and has been included in Best American Science Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. I live off the grid in rural Colorado with my husband and daughter.

Lucía Oliva
Barcelona, Spain

Lucía Oliva has been a TV reporter and producer for 25 years, working on documentaries for TVE (Spanish Public TV) in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. As TVE's Moscow correspondent, she covered the end of the Soviet Union. She was also a US correspondent and covered international conflicts, such as the Falklands War and the aftermath of September 11th attacks, in Pakistan. She teaches journalism at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain and co-authored "Las Noticias en Television", a classic book in journalism schools. She is a journalism graduate of Wisconsin University in Madison, and American University in Washington D.C. She has received several journalism awards.

Kathryn Olmstead
Caribou, ME

A former reporter for the Bangor Daily News and editor of the weekly newspaper in Caribou, Maine, Kathryn Olmstead retired last year after 25 years on the journalism faculty of the University of Maine. She taught print journalism and media ethics courses and founded the Maine Center for Student Journalism to foster journalism in Maine high schools. In 1988, she co-founded Echoes: Rediscovering Community, a nationally circulated quarterly of rural culture which she continues to edit and publish from her home in Caribou. She is expanding her freelance work, beginning with Maine newspapers.

Patty Orsini
Maplewood, NJ
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I am an editor and writer who has come to freelancing after a career in newspapers (Gannett) and trade magazines (Ziff-Davis, Adweek Magazines). I have been developing an expertise in personal finance and business by writing for a variety of online, custom and corporate publications; I have also done more general interest stories for publications including the Los Angeles Times and, in the past, the Wall Street Journal.

David Page
Mammoth Lakes, CA

David Page's guidebook to Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada has earned numerous accolades, including "Best Guidebook of 2008" from the Outdoor Writers Association of California and a 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. He has written for the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men's Journal, and The New York Times, and serves as contributing editor-at-large for A graduate of the writing program at U.C. Irvine, he now lives in Mammoth Lakes, California, on the edge of one of the largest calderas on earth, with his wife and two young sons.

Miriam Pawel
Pasadena, CA

Miriam Pawel is an author and journalist. She spent 25 years as an award-winning reporter and editor at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. As an editor, she directed coverage that won Pulitzer prizes at Newsday for the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and at the Los Angeles Times for the deadly 2003 wildfires; her favorite story was the 2003 California recall. She has written extensively about New York State government, Mario Cuomo, prisons, public authorities, and the agricultural industry in California. In 2006, she wrote a four-part investigative series for the Times about the United Farm Workers. She left the Times to write her recently published book, "The Union of Their Dreams - Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement,'' a ground-breaking narrative history researched through primary sources and told through eight participants in the movement.

Jennifer Pittman
Soquel, CA

After more than 10 years as a staff writer and editor at newspapers including the Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Francisco Daily Journal, San Jose Post-Record, El Observador, Santa Cruz Sun, I jumped to freelance reporting in 2000 during that tech boom. Since then, I have written pieces on wilderness recreation and continued to cover a variety of beats, mostly focusing on business, real estate, technology, nonprofit organizations and the entrepreneurial world of small business.

Wallace Ravven
Richmond, CA

Margaret Atwood and Peter Carey just love my work. Oh, sorry, that's my dream journal talking. I'm a science writer interested in how evolution affects everything from speciation to pain perception. I have a keen interest in how things work, inside and out, and how all this influences our lives and prospects. I aim for a 'wow' moment to reveal new perspectives, and the wows are usually an unsuspected tweak or under-recognized pattern in nature. Usually, the more the revelation affects us, the better the story, but not always. Generally, I'm not happy unless some humor and style eases and pleases the reader along the way. In the end, our evolved natures and skills determine the odds of our compatibility individually and beyond, and these days, that's what interests me most. I have written for The New York Times, Discover and the like.

April Reese
Santa Fe, NM

I'm a freelance writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I primarily cover environmental issues -- everything from endangered species to carbon sequestration -- but I also write about business, travel, and, more recently, music. I work part-time for an online news service, but hope to eventually transition into freelancing full-time.

Julie Rehmeyer
Berkeley, CA

I am a math and science writer, and I've written for Wired, Science News, Discover, Science, Technology Review and others.

Carolyn Reuben
Sacramento, CA

Four self-help health books by Perigee, Berkley, Tarcher, Prima; hundreds of magazine/newspaper features on health; founder/director of 2 (local and international) nonprofits using acupuncture, acupressure, nutrition, supplements, and yoga/tai chi to correct brain chemistry and treat addictive and mental health disorders; a licensed acupuncturist; UCLA grad school mo pix/TV; hometown Santa Monica but longtime Sacramentan; expert on nutritional treatment of prisoners, addicts, mentally ill.

Xan Rice
Nairobi, Kenya

I'm a Nairobi-based journalist and magazine writer. Since 2006 I have been east Africa correspondent of the Guardian newspaper (UK), covering about a dozen countries, from Somalia to Democratic Republic of Congo. Previously I reported from the same patch for the Times newspaper of London, where I started my career as a business journalist. Besides daily reporting, I have also contributed long-form non-fiction to various magazines, including Granta and the New Statesman, and I intend furthering my career in this direction.

Vanessa Richardson
Marathon, TX
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I'm a freelancer who just moved from the Bay Area to Far West Texas, near Big Bend Natl. Park, for a year. I specialize in personal finance, small-biz management and, for a change of pace, scuba diving and marine conservation. Based on my new location, I'd like to write about issues and events happening along the US-Mexico border. I was a staff writer at Self and Money magazines before going freelance, and I have since written for Entrepreneur, Harvard Management Update, Men's Health,, Smart Money, and others.

Whit Richardson
Yarmouth, ME

I'm an award-winning journalist who lives and works on the coast of Maine. I'm a former writer and multimedia editor for a business magazine in Portland, Maine. Currently, as a freelance journalist, I've published articles in a number of local and regional publications. I've also received fellowships from the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley (in 2008 to study multimedia reporting) and the International Center for Journalists (in 2009 to cover offshore fish farms in Panama and Mexico). My interests lie in reporting on issues where culture, science and history converge.

Ameena Seed
Fremont, CA

I have been a freelance journalist for last 25 years. I have been published in the Op Ed pages of The Times of India, The Hindu and The Hindustan Times--all major English language newspapers. For several years I was the columnist for a socio-political magazine called 'The Onlooker.' I have also been published in an anthology titled "September 11, 2001, Feminine Perspectives," published in Australia. I have freelanced as an interviewer on electronic media, interviewing the ex-prime minster of India, leading editors,writers, social activists and government personnel of Indian origin.

Neil Savage
Lowell, MA

I'm a freelance science and technology writer in Lowell, Massachusetts. I focus on photonics, physics, computing, materials science, and semiconductors. I write for the popular press, trade publications and websites, including Discover, IEEE Spectrum, Technology Review, New Scientist, Nature Photonics, the Boston Globe, and Xconomy. I am a 1997 graduate of Boston University's College of Communications with an M.S. in science journalism, and a B.A. in English from the University of Rochester.

Jeffrey Scheuer
New York, NY

Author of two books on media and democracy, The Sound Bite Society (a Choice Outstanding Title) and The Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic Excellence. Series editor on Democracy and the News for Praeger. Published in many journals and newspapers, most recently The Wilson Quarterly, also Dissent, Gettysburg Review, Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. Web site at

Angilee Shah
Los Angeles, CA

Angilee Shah is a reporter, editor and blogger experienced in local and international news, with a particular emphasis on globalization, politics and culture. She is the community manager of, a social media project of the USC Annenberg California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, and a book reviewer for Zócalo Public Square. She is the former editor of AsiaMedia, an online press review about journalism and the media business in the region, and the recipient of a South Asian Journalism Association Reporting Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Miller McCune Magazine, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Asian Geographic, Asia Pacific Arts and Time Out Singapore. She also contributes to Global Voices Online and The China Beat. You can read her writing at

Kristina Shevory
San Francisco, CA
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Kristina Shevory is a longtime contributor to the New York Times, writing for the business, style, real estate, escapes and home sections. She's covered energy for Jim Cramer's web site,, written about business at the Seattle Times and tracked Texas politics for the Associated Press. Her stories have also appeared in BusinessWeek, Wired, Wine & Spirits, Investor's Business Daily and the New York Post. In her previous life, she ran an English-language newspaper in Russia and was a Russian and Spanish linguist in the U.S. Army.

Diane Silver
Lawrence, KS

I specialize in human rights, politics, climate change, psychology and issues of morality. My work has appeared in, The Progressive, Ms Magazine and other national publications. My newspaper column, "Political IQ" and my book, "The New Civil War," examined issues involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. These days I'm pursuing the topic of goodness. How can we as individuals and a nation learn to be good, do right, create a moral society?

Tim Simmers
Menlo Park, CA

I'm a long-time journalist with Bay Area News Group, including the San Mateo Times, Hayward Review and others. I was laid off nearly two years ago. I followed labor disputes, economics, jobs, small business, airlines, wine industry, housing, commercial real estate, music industry and did restaurant reviews. I did lots of hard news and features, but favored the long-form, Sunday story type of journalism. I've become a part-time teacher of current events at adult schools and freelancer.

Bill Snyder
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco journalist Bill Snyder has been writing about business and technology since the early 1990s when he was a senior editor at PCWeek. Later, he was an executive editor at PCWorld and editor in chief of the magazine's Web site. He's also done stints as a senior editor at Business 2.0 and Currently Bill is a regular contributor to,, and publications at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the Haas School of Business. Earlier in his career, he was a newspaper reporter and editor at The Oakland Tribune and other Bay Area dailies.

Deborah Stokol
Los Angeles, CA

Deborah is an L.A. native who is a working writer, reporter and teacher. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a dual degree in music and English and earned a masters in Journalism from USC Annenberg. She is a Knight Fellowship alumna and has written for Los Angeles Times, La Opinion, Los Angeles Magazine, News 21, The Huffington Post, Neon Tommy, Pop + Politics, New America Media, LAist, L'Atelier, TheWrap, Our Weekly, WitnessLA, The Berkeley Poetry Review and The News & Observer. Her journalistic interests lie in feature and opinionated writing, and her Web site is

Anne Stuart
Braintree, MA

Anne Stuart is a Boston-based journalist with extensive experience as a writer and editor for magazines, newspapers, Web sites and The Associated Press. Currently, she's a freelancer specializing in business, technology and education topics. She also teaches journalism at Lasell College in Newton, Mass. She has been a senior staffer at Inc., CIO and Harvard magazines, among others; earlier, she was a reporter for the Associated Press and several daily newspapers. Her work has appeared in American Way, Boston, CFO, The Chicago Tribune, Deliver,,, Newsday, and the Fodor's travel guides, among others. She received journalism degrees from Michigan State and Columbia University, and her work has won many awards.

Barbara Tannenbaum
San Rafael, CA

Barbara Tannenbaum is an editorial manager and content specialist for online media and print projects. Her writing on conservation and cultural issues has appeared in the New York Times,, San Francisco magazine, Bay Nature, California Academy of Sciences, the Oakland Museum of California, and KQED. Most recently, she was the managing editor of Edutopia, a magazine and web site run by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. The mission of this nonprofit mission is to improve the nation's public education system. She has also aided nonprofits and cultural institutions, including the California Academy of Sciences, launch new content on redesigned web sites. Barbara received a William Allen White award for public service journalism for her investigation on Yosemite National Park, published in San Francisco Focus magazine as "They Paved Paradise." She is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she earned a B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies.

Laura Taxel
Cleveland Heights, OH

Laura Taxel is a freelance journalist and author based in Cleveland Ohio. She has been writing for local, regional, and national publications for 25 years. She specializes in coverage of food, restaurants, chefs, dining trends and culinary travel. Her book, Cleveland Ethnic Eats, is a bestselling guide to northeast Ohio's most authentic ethnic restaurants and markets. The book was originally released in 1995, and is currently in its 8th updated edition. She has a special interest in local, sustainable food systems and traditional, artisanal, and farmstead products, and writes often about these topics.

Sharon Thompson
Salem, OR

Sharon Elaine Thompson, GG, FGA, BFA, writes primarily for jewelry, art and craft-related publications, providing interesting, accurate information readers can use. Her book, Good Bones: the Elements and Principles of Design for Jewelry Makers, is under contract to Brynmorgen Press. A result of her interest in natural history and wildlife, she has also written young adult books on the greenhouse effect, the La Brea Tar Pits, and cheetahs. More information is at and at

Laurie Udesky
San Francisco, CA

Laurie Udesky has been a reporter and editor for more than 20 years for print, radio, and Internet outlets. Udesky has won a number of national and regional awards, and fellowships for her work. A multimedia project she prepared was nominated for a 2009 Webby award. She has been the recipient of two California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, and has won an award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. She has won the top award in magazine reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Sidney Hillman Foundation, among others. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and news outlets, including The Dallas Morning News, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine,, and the East Bay Express. She is currently completing an investigative piece for the New York Times.

Erik Vance
Berkeley, CA

Erik Vance is a recovering biologist and freelance science writer in Berkeley, California. His favorite kind of writing is the kind that shows the murky, disgusting, often boring, yet wonderful underbelly of scientific endeavor. For this reason, he specializes in science profiles, which allow him to dig deeply into the people behind the discoveries. His work has appeared in Nature, Scientific American, Mental Floss, San Francisco, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and is upcoming in The New York Times and Discover, Coastal Living and the San Francisco Chronicle. He splits his time as a stay-at-home dad.

Chris Vogel
Houston, TX

I currently write magazine-length feature, public service and investigative pieces in Houston, TX. I have worked at daily papers, alternative weeklies and regional city magazines. I have been honored with several awards, including the Livingston for young journalists, several from IRE and others. I grew up in Washington, D.C. and have lived in Ireland, New Mexico, California and Texas.

Joan Voight
Healdsburg, CA

I cover marketing and media strategies and have a West Coast orientation. My specialty is innovative cross-media efforts. Projects include online columns, feature articles and conference planning. Currently I write for Mediapost's OMMA magazine, Adweek Media, ClickZ and Beyond marketing, I write about community planning and wine pairing. Some would say they are related. In that vein, my work appears in Sonoma magazine, BuilderNews magazine and Planning magazine, the publication of the American Planning Association.

David Volk
Seattle, WA

David Volk is a Seattle-based freelancer/humorist specializing in business, travel and food. His publishing credits include Alaska Airlines Magazine, Washington Law & Politics and Reuters. During his time as a humor columnist for Seattle Magazine and AAA Journey he danced with the Seattle Mariners grounds crew, gave out samples at Costco and circulated a fake initiative petition. He is the author of "The Tribe Has Spoken: Life Lessons from Reality Television" and "The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Seattle," due out in early December. Find out more at

Kate Washington
Sacramento, CA
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Kate Washington is a food and travel writer based in Sacramento, California. Her work has appeared in Cooking Light, Yoga Journal, Sunset, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sactown, and other publications. She recently served as the local editor for Zagat's first guide to Sacramento restaurants. She is also the co-founder of Roan Press, a small literary publishing company, and she holds a PhD from Stanford University.

Molly Watson
San Francisco, CA

Molly Watson is a San Francisco-based writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Sunset magazine (where she was the food writer for several years). She regularly contributes to Edible San Francisco, runs the Local Foods site for, and teaches food writing for Mediabistro. Molly also writes

Kelley Weiss
Sacramento, CA

Kelley Weiss is an independent journalist covering health issues around California and at the state Capitol. Her stories air regularly on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She also is a contributor to KQED Public Radio's California Report. Since 2006 she's been covering the health beat reporting on policy and access issues, mental health and the intersection between culture and health. She won a national Edward R. Murrow investigative reporting award for a series on a hidden world of illegal prescription drugs sold at swap meets and botánicas that she produced in 2008. This series also won first place in the Association of Health Care Journalists radio award contest. And a five-part series she produced in 2007 about abuse and neglect in Missouri's mental health system uncovered patient deaths and money mismanagement. This was recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the regional Edward R. Murrow awards and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Weiss won two awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists, in Radio Reporting and Beat Reporting, for her work in 2009. Most recently Weiss was the health care reporter at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. Previously she worked as a health reporter and talk show co-host in her hometown of Kansas City for NPR affiliate KCUR. Fresh out of journalism school she was a freelance writer and photographer for The Kansas City Star and a staff writer for a community newspaper. Weiss was a 2007-08 Midwest Health Journalism Fellow through the Association of Health Care Journalists and completed a health reporting fellowship with the USC Annenberg School of Communication in 2009. She is on the membership committee of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Tracie White
Aptos, CA

Tracie White, a science writer for the Stanford School of Medicine, writes magazine stories on medical research and education. She's won multiple writing awards and worked for 20 years as a newspaper feature writer. She's a graduate of UC Berkeley and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

Emily Wilson
San Francisco, CA

I am a freelance writer and radio producer in San Francisco. I have a masters from Columbia Journalism School. I also teach at City College in San Francisco and work at KCBS radio.

Wendy Wolfson
Castro Valley, CA

Since 2005 I have been a freelancer for the "Innovations" column of Chemistry and Biology, a journal of Cell Press, covering biotechnology. I have written for publications including Wired, Science, Nature Biotechnology, American Journal of Nursing, New Scientist, Technology Review, Red Herring, and the Boston Globe. I'm currently a senior health writer and blogger for, a national news site for readers over 40. I also write for, a new nonprofit wire service.

Amy Wu
Thornwood, NY

Amy Wu, a freelance writer with 14 years of experience, regularly covers sports and fitness, wellness, swimming, and travel and lifestyle from New York. She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and spent five years reporting from Hong Kong and Beijing. Amy is available for writing, copywriting, blogs, online content and editing work for corporate and non-profit clients. She is also available to write reports related to Asia. Amy wrote the `Movers and Shakers' column in The Deal Magazine, where she contributed more than 200 mini profiles of Wall Street personalities. She has also contributed to The New York Times, Red Herring, The San Francisco Chronicle and

Robert Yeager
Oakland, CA

An award-winning writer and editor, with significant print and web experience. Former magazine and Associated Press correspondent whose credits include numerous national consumer, professional and trade publications and two non-fiction books by McGraw-Hill.

Jessica Zack
San Rafael, CA

I write primarily about arts and culture (theater, film, books), with a particular interest in profiles and media stories and the intersection of arts and politics. I am based in Marin County and contribute regularly to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Brad Zigler
Windsor, CA

Financial and investment writing can be deadly dull, but Brad Zigler uses the experience gleaned from stints as the head of marketing, research and education for a derivatives exchange and an investment fund manager to make his prose crisp, clean and, at the right times, even funny. Most important, Brad makes his topics understandable. Each work makes complex financial concepts easily digestible for its audience. Brad's feature articles have appeared in Registered Rep., Ticker, Mutual Fund, Futures, Financial Planning and Financial Advisor magazines, as well as Institutional Investor Journals and other professional publications. In addition, Brad has been a regular columnist and editor for CRB Trader,, the Journal of Indexes, the Corporate Communications Broadcast Network and served as a financial correspondent for the European Press Network and National Public Radio. Most recently, Brad was named managing editor of Hard Assets Investor and is now under contract to produce a book for Wiley Finance. Target audiences for Brad's work include the public (retail and high net worth investors), financial intermediaries (brokers and advisors) as well as institutional investors (mutual funds, hedge funds, retirement funds and consultants). Clients include money management firms, exchanges, brokerages, governmental agencies, periodicals and news organizations. Typical assignments incorporate marketing communication consulting, the creation of editorial, marketing and research documentation, education/training, public and investor relations management, as well as product consulting.