When Surfer Girl Magazine folded in the summer of 2000, my first magazine job ended before it began, so I packed my snowboard and moved to Mammoth Lakes, California where I got my start at the local newspaper. I reported on underage drinking in a booze-friendly ski town, and covered planning commission during a time of contentious development.

Given the place I live, surrounded by wilderness and public lands, I eventually started writing features about outdoor recreation and have continued my career as a freelance journalist. My work has appeared in Adventure Journal, High Country News, The Guardian, Outside, Runner’s World, Sierra, and VICE Sports among others. Most recently, I reported on COVID-19 in Mono County, California. In 2018 I was a visiting journalism professor at Northern Michigan University and in 2017 I was a Carlyle Norman scholar in the Banff Centre’s Mountain Wilderness Writing program.

My work has won numerous awards including Best Magazine Feature from the Outdoor Writers Association of California, Silver Prize for Travel Profile from the North American Travel Journalists Association, and the Bodie McDowell Scholarship from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

After nearly 20 years, Mammoth Lakes, California is still home. I like to run.

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