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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, and then started freelancing again. 

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)

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

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

The Loughner double standard (Jan. 18, 2011)


East Bay Express: 

The High Cost of Justice (Aug. 13, 2014)



Celebrate: Fields of the Nephilim's 'The Nephilim' at 25 (October 28. 2013)

Where the Thunderclouds Are Rolling: Baroness, Sludge, and Southern Rebellion (July 16, 2012)

The Heavy Metal Witch Hunt Lives On (June 4, 2012)

 SF Weekly:

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:

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



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)


Invisible Oranges:

Interview: Aðalbjörn Tryggvason (Sólstafir) (July 30, 2014)

Review: Eluveitie, Origins (July 10, 2014)

Interview: Eric Quach (thisquietarmy) (June 4, 2014)

Review: Alcest's Shelter (January 23, 2014)

Egypt’s Latest in the War on Metal (June 26, 2013)

Album Stream/Review: Locrian – ‘Return to Annihilation’ (June 25, 2013)

Blood of the Scribe #2: Louise Brown of Terrorizer and Iron Fist (October 15, 2012)

Interview: Kim Larson’s “Dark Art: A Tribute to Metal” (September 3, 2012)

Last Cup of Sorrow: Metal Songs About Suicide (August 16, 2012)

Kramer vs. Kramer: Baroness -- Yellow & Green (with Natalie Zina Walschots) (July 27, 2012)

Do Not Betray a Metal Woman (June 19, 2012)

Fields of the Nephilim – “Ceromonies” (May 29, 2012)

Interview: Jenks Miller of Horseback (April 18, 2012)

Interview: John Dyer Baizley of Baroness (Feb. 28, 2012)

Interview: Bassem Deaïbess of Lebanon's Blaakyum (Feb. 9, 2012)

Are you talking to me: Respecting women in metal (May 18, 2011)