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I've worked as a reporter and editor at a number of San Francisco Bay Area newspapers since 1998. In most cases, my beat was an entire city -- San Rafael, Redwood City, or San Mateo, for example. I've covered breaking news, crime, politics, city hall, development, business, finance, transportation, education, youth issues, food and the arts. 

I got my start reporting and editing for the San Rafael News Pointer. From there, I went to the San Mateo Daily Journal, and then to the San Francisco Examiner. I took a break to have a child and write a book, then started freelancing again. I later returned to full-time reporting for legal newswire Law360, but I continue to freelance. 

Look to to the left-hand panel to see recent articles I've added to my online clip book, or scroll down to browse my recent freelance pieces. 



An Unusual Heavy-Metal Love Story (March 13, 2013)


The Guardian: 

How Ellen Pao lost her job but survived Reddit's swamp of trolls (July 12, 2015)

In video games, teens face (and fight) their demons (June 27, 2011)

Metal Monday: When heavy metal becomes linked with crime (September 26, 2011)

The Loughner double standard (January 18, 2011)


East Bay Express: 

The High Cost of Justice (August 13, 2014)



 SF Weekly:

In Defense of Asking if a Restaurant Can Make Gluten-Free Food (October 24, 2014)

From Bauhaus to Funhouse: David J Will Play an Intimate Show in a Historic Hayes Valley Mansion (September 16, 2014)

Rebel Music Author Hisham Aidi on the Relationship Between Hip-Hop and Islam (April 17, 2014)

Alone No More: Will New Neighbors Tolerate Bottom of the Hill? (March 5, 2014)

A More Perfect Union: Prop. 8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights (October 17, 2012)

Glen Canyon Park: Tree-Lovers Fight for Non-Native Species (October 10, 2012)

BART Art: Agency Bypasses Locals in Renovation Plans (October 3, 2012)

Infested BART: Inspection Reports Reveal Serious Pest Problems (September 12, 2012)

Don't Blame Heavy Metal For Alleged Baltimore Shooter Bobby Gladden (August 28, 2012)

iPads for School Lunches: SFUSD Woos Applicants with Prizes (August 22, 2012)

Off-Leash Dogs: Owners Fight Increased Ticketing at Glen Canyon Park (August 1, 2012)

Judgement Day Cleans up its String Metal (August 1, 2012)

Occupy Bohemian Grove: Protesters Bond at Creation of Care (July 25, 2012)

Tech Theft: How to Return Lost Devices, Without Police Help (July 18, 2012)

Surprise: BART Elevators Are Filthy and Poorly Serviced (July 11, 2012)

The Adventures of a Videogame Rebel (cover story, May 23, 2012)

School Lunches: Study Recommends a Joint S.F.-Oakland Kitchen (March 7, 2012)

Bread SRSLY's Bicycle-Based Bread Distribution System Is Almost as Cool as Its Actual Bread (Feb. 22, 2012)

Meet Heather Meader-McCausland, Whose Alaskan Photos Make SFO Less Depressing (Feb. 7, 2012)

Fare Hack: Exploting a Clipper Card is Easy (Feb. 1, 2012)

SFPD's Ugly History with Pepper Spray (Nov. 30, 2012)

Why Those Apparent Animal Sacrifices Probably Aren't the Work of Real Satanists  (Sept. 13, 2011)

Meet the Brains (and Checkbooks) Behind That Bizarre Ed Lee Hagiography (Oct. 13, 2011)

The Bay Bridge Doesn't Move, But You Can Follow It (and Other S.F. Landmarks) on Twitter  (Aug. 25, 2011)


 San Francisco Examiner: 

'Sons of Anarchy' star scoffs at challenges (August 26, 2012)

Students doing better, but scores don’t show San Francisco program impact (August 23, 2012)

Schools not reeling in cash from film shoots (August 6, 2012)

Traffic, shadows loom over museum project (August 2, 2012)

Thunder has Kozmic Blues (June 28, 2012)

Smartphone thefts give wake-up call (April 6, 2012)

More San Francisco women choosing home birth despite the higher cost (Jan. 29, 2011)

Book captures Bay Area's thrash heyday (Dec. 29, 2011)

Author Neal Pollack's new novel inspired by history of Jews in basketball (Nov. 13, 2011)

San Francisco's special education classes disproportionately filled with minority students (Sept. 18, 2011)


San Francisco Chronicle:

UCSF scientists peer more deeply into sensory processing disorder (Dec. 3, 2014)

Gluten-free gastronomy in San Francisco (March 24, 2011)



Why the Kleiner Perkins sex-bias trial is an important story for women reporters (March 20, 2015)

5 tips on how to de-sensationalize your news (December 10, 2013)

6 tips for reporters tracking state legal cases (September 27, 2013)

6 ways journalists can keep their reporting materials private & off-the-record (June 5, 2013)

6 tips for getting gigs as a freelance journalist (October 2, 2012)

How journalists can stay safe while working in the field (July 27, 2012)

6 ways journalists can cope when covering tragedies like the Colorado theater shooting (July 20, 2012)

5 tips for journalists who want to do a better job of cultivating sources (June 8, 2012)

5 ways journalists can overcome shyness during interviews (April 23, 2012)

How journalists can stop the spread of misinformation when reporting on the occult (April 2, 2012)

The hot sauce trial: 5 ways journalists can improve coverage of research (Feb. 20, 2012)