National Endowment for the Humanities, Grant recipient,
2016-17 Public Scholar book-writing award.
Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, 2015-16, University of Michigan.
Author, Green Card Stories, a book chronicling the arduous journeys of 50 immigrants from around the world. Umbrage Editions, New York. Release date, January, 2012.
Reporter, Freelance Journalist,
2010 - present.
Reporter, St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 1999-Nov. 2009. General assignment/immigration reporter. Reported on Cuba, immigration, refugees, government, and crime.
Reporter, The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 1998-Nov. 1999. Covered county government, growth and social services and completed two week-long assignments in Honduras.
Reporter, Florida Today, Melbourne, Fla., June 1996-March 1998. Covered city and county governments as well as education. Also wrote two columns a month.
Reporter, City News Bureau of Chicago, Aug. 1993-June 1996.
Covered crime, general assignment, Cook County government and circuit court, state appellate and supreme courts, and federal court.
University of South Florida, Tampa,
Dec. 2012. Masterís degree in Latin American & Caribbean Studies
with a thesis on
Northwestern University, Evanston,
Ill., June 1993. Bachelorís degree from the Medill School of
Journalism and a sub-concentration in Latin American
Language study in Ecuador, 2001.
Studied Spanish in Quito for three weeks.
Language study in Mexico, 2000.
Studied Spanish in Cuernavaca for two
Language study in Guatemala, summer
1992. Learned Spanish through instructors and interaction with
labor leaders, artists, political refugees and
Santa Fe Writers Project Literary
Awards: Finalist 2011, Green Card Stories.
Nautilus Book Award: Silver Medal,
2012, Green Card Stories.
Independent Book Publishers Benjamin
Franklin Award: Silver Medal, 2012, Green Card
Independent Publisher IPPY Award:
Bronze Medal, 2012, Green Card Stories.
Eric Hoffer Book Award: Honorable
Mention, 2012, Green Card Stories.
Ohio Society of Professional
Journalists: Best Reporter of the Year,