I grew up in the suburbs of LA, and thought of myself as a California girl. Not a surfer girl exactly, but one who appreciated the beach and thought sunbathing was an active sport. At the same time, I loved words: I was the editor in chief of my high school paper and the Editorial Editor of the UCLA Daily Bruin, my college paper, where I spent considerably more time than I did in class. I never thought of becoming anything but a writer/editor. Honestly, there was nothing else I could do half as well.
L.A. was home. And yet, I had this nagging feeling I belonged in New York. And so,
four years into my first job-
Other jobs, at newspapers, magazines and websites, would follow. Among them: Executive Editor of the groundbreaking women’s magazine Lear’s and Deputy Editor of Good Housekeeping, where I thrived despite a complete lack of domestic skills. At these two publications I assigned and edited pieces by some of the best writers in the business: Anna Quindlen, Jenny Allen, John Lahr, Elisabeth Bumiller, Leslie Bennetts, Betsy Carter, Susan Dominus, K.C. Cole, Melissa Fay Greene, Sarah Lyall, Amy Wallace, Ann Hood, Amanda Robb and Sheila Weller. I loved it. At Good Housekeeping, I was also the lead editor on a health package that won the National Magazine Award in health.
In recent years, I’ve taught journalism at Fordham University and NYU and appeared
as a guest speaker in Advanced Magazine Writing at the USC Annenberg School for Communication
and Journalism. I’ve worked on the news-