When the time came to think about college, I decided that my career path would encompass either child psychology or journalism. Fortunately for all the young people out there, I opted for communications and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. My first job out of college was processing classified ads for a regional publisher of weekly newspapers and monthly magazines. I soon managed to secure myself a position on the editorial side of the company as a staff writer covering human interest and feature stories.

Since that time, my career has taken me all around the world of communications. I have worked as an account manager for two advertising agencies, a public relations associate for a nonprofit organization, a freelance reporter for a mid-size daily newspaper, and a marketing copywriter for a large hospital system. I’m currently working as a UX content strategist and copywriter for a large investment firm while pursuing a master’s degree in user experience design.

My influences include:

Kermit the Frog
As a child, my favorite segment on Sesame Street was “News Flash” with Kermit the Frog. Kermit kicked it old school with a tan trench coat and a long, thin microphone. I credit Jim Henson and the Children’s Television Network with sparking my interest in journalism.

Mrs. Petersen
My sixth grade year in school was definitely one of the best when it came to academia. The teacher, Mrs. Petersen, made every task a fun project. One of my favorite assignments that year was the Edgar Allen Poe newspaper. We had to take classic Poe tales and revise them into news stories. As this was long before Adobe, I learned a lot about writing and laying out pages by hand.

The New York Times
As a child, I would read from the Times’ business section and my mother would record if her stocks had gone up or down the day before. Eventually, I started reading the rest of the newspaper. I relished in the opinion section and noted how the press offered the public a platform for expression and debate on current events. In high school, I decided that my dream job would be working as the Op-Ed Editor for the organization.

People Magazine
Okay, fine. I never planned on covering a war from the front lines. As a young person, my thing was celebrity news and human interest. I found people, their lives and their stories interesting. As People combined everyday stories about everyday people with a good dose of celebrity dish, it was my favorite periodical. I still enjoy reading it today.