From radio to journalism to social media, I’ve been involved in communications in one way or another for 25 years.
Having grown up in a radio family, I learned my ABCs by shelving records (and meeting the occasional famous person) while my parents worked on air. Eventually, I got my radio license (before I could drive), cutting my teeth on night and weekend shifts at that 1990s sweet-spot when you had to know how to splice a reel-to-reel tape and cue digital playlists.
My journalism career – and my marriage to my high school sweetheart – began while I was finishing my degree from the University of Oregon. I learned how to do paste-up on a lightboard during my school paper’s last year before going digital and transitioning to Photoshop. I’ve always been an early adopter of technology and innovation, and it was during this time that I taught myself HTML in order to work online in the early days of the internet.
Soon my work took me to Las Vegas (my 20th city), where I have worked as a full-time staff writer and freelancer for 20 years at publications including Las Vegas CityLife, Desert Companion, and Vegas Seven. My work has garnered multiple first-place awards for investigative news- and feature-writing from the Nevada Press Association. In 2005, the NPA recognized me as the Outstanding Journalist of the Year, the organization’s top individual honor.
In 2007, I launched a nationally syndicated blog, The Sin City Siren. It is a platform for pop culture discourse and news from a feminist perspective – garnering attention from DailyKos, CNN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, ThinkProgress, Ms. Magazine, and Bitch Magazine.
My online work led me to become a social media consultant for several Nevada-based non-profits and organizations including The Nevada Women’s Lobby, Progress Now, and Clark County (government).