For several years, I’ve been Content Director for a small company that includes a lot of free printables sites as well as the free internet faxing service FaxZero.com. My boss is awesome and I enjoy the work.
In a previous life, from 1994 to 2008, I was a journalist, reporting and editing at newspapers. Print is not dead!
Something random: I won Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte County’s “Big Celebrity” title in October 2006. I raised $5,000 in cash and $2,000-plus in other donations for the charity. My picture was on a billboard–how embarrassing! And yet here I am writing about it.
I’ve won multiple California Newspaper Publishers’ Association (CNPA) awards for reporting and writing, including: 1st place for Best Sports Story (2001) and 2nd place for Best Agriculture story (2001). I shared the prize for Best Environmental story when I was at the Five Cities Times-Press-Recorder in 1995. Also, for its work in 2004, the paper I worked for at the time, the Chico News & Review, was chosen for General Excellence as the best weekly newspaper of any size in the state of California. The Butte County Farm Bureau named me Media Partner of the Year in 2001.
I graduated at the top of my class in my major at Humboldt State University, earning the award of “Top News-Editorial Graduate.” I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism (news-editorial and public relations dual emphases) and a minor in studio art (graphic design and photography.) I just finished reading a really interesting book called The Overachievers: The Secret Life of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins, which makes me want to mention my college gpa, which I think was around 3.8. My SATs were 1190, I think. Maybe that was my PSAT. Maybe that was my friend, Jane’s, score. Maybe I don’t care anymore. Here are the words that booted me from the elementary school spelling bee: aristocrat and chauffeur. When I am an aristocrat with a chauffeur, they can all eat my dust.
I was also a “celebrity judge” for Pug Sunday, carefully scrutinizing the Halloween costumes of Chico-area dogs.