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My life’s work is telling stories in print and online. In addition to working on staff for daily, weekly and monthly publications, I have taught composition and journalism at the high school and college level.


From 1997 until 2019, I was public information officer for Mt. Lebanon, Pa., a major Pittsburgh suburb, where I oversaw all municipal communications, media relations and community engagement. I managed a team that included writers and graphic designers, photographers, public relations professionals and advertising sales personnel.  As a communicator for local government, I became adept at explaining important but complex issues in “plain English.” This skill extended to my favorite part of the job—serving as editor-in-chief of the award-winning  Mt. Lebanon Magazine, which has been published 10 times a year since 1981.


I have received many national and regional writing awards for my work at the magazine—Matrix, IABC and Savvy awards, as well as eight Golden Quill Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.  Many of the writers I supervised and edited also have been honored.   


My columns and commentary, some serious, some funny, have enjoyed a big following; however, I have written about everything from recycling, transit oriented development and deer management to cancer research, mental illness, cultural arts, education and travel.


Being the editor in chief  means I had no editor.  Because of that, I had to be a perfectionist. Everything on this site appears exactly as I wrote it.



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