I have a dented Bankers Box in my garage overflowing with old newspaper and magazine clips spanning more than three decades. I’m sentimental and can’t send them to the trash just yet. I know many journalists who have lost their bylines due to technology and media outlets going out of business. I am one of those, too. Links disappear or break. Ghost journalism.

My first byline was with The Burbank Leader. It was a paid internship and with that first paycheck, I had my sights on a lime green beach cruiser. That purchase ate up my entire check, but it was so satisfying. I was a real professional now.

San Diego Parent magazine

As an editor at San Diego Parent magazine, I created local regional content for a national magazine chain, edited, shot photographs and managed freelancers. It never felt like a job. I had the privilege to interview Tony Hawk in my final national profile for the publication. The article was titled, “Rad Dad: Skateboarding Legend Tony Hawk Flies High off the Halfpipe but is Down to Earth at Home.” I didn’t write that headline. It looks and sounds so dated now, but I was very pregnant with my youngest daughter Haley when I interviewed him. My daughter still boasts to others that she met him in utero. Another favorite interview was with Father Joe Carroll. He’s the namesake for Father Joe’s Villages here in San Diego and passed away in 2021.

In the early 2000’s, freelancing opportunities were abundant. I wrote articles for Kids’ NewsDay, which is a fundraiser each October for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Meeting the families and children was phenomenal. I can’t express how powerful this is and the journey these families and brave patients face.

Here are some active links:

Raeann: The Spice of Life 

Victoria: Standing Tall

Remembering Timothy (To this day, this has been my most emotional and life-affirming  interview)

Diana: A Formal Breakthrough

Webslinger Will

I also got to live vicariously through newlyweds by writing feature articles for a magazine supplement offered through the San Diego Union Tribune, called Weddings San Diego.

Other freelance articles have appeared in The Southern Cross, the official newspaper of the Diocese of San Diego. An exhilarating assignment was meeting Sr. Helen Prejean at the University of San Diego. The piece was titled, “Dead Man Walking Nun Draws Tears, Applause at USD.” Another memorable assignment was tied to Saint Andre, the first Canadian to receive this honor. The article got picked up by the Catholic News Agency.

Current bylines can be read here:

Catholic Women in Business

Journey of a Comic Book Master

Project saves 200 lives in 20 years – Scripps Ranch News