I am a journalist, blogger, author and essayist and I cover travel, food and lifestyle. I am a correspondent for The Boston Globe, a contributor to OpenTable.com, Chowhound, New York Lifestyles Magazine and other outlets. As a contributing writer to TravelChannel.com, I was the site’s NYC expert. I have also been published in The New York Times, Boston Magazine, Time Out NY For Kids, New England Travel & Life, The Boston Herald, Woman’s Day, Parenting, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, Travel Agent Magazine, Business Travel News, Restaurant Business, Travelmuse.com, Nearsay.com, Care.com and many more publications and websites. I have also written essays for Working Mother magazine, Salon.com and Sesame Street Parents. And I have blogged for GM’s drivethedistrict.com, The Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, Travelmuse.com (I covered NYC) and Nearsay.com (I covered NYC).
As a travel editor for ten years at Bridal Guide, a national glossy bridal magazine based in Manhattan, I assigned, wrote and edited hundreds of articles that revolved around honeymoons and destination weddings. I was responsible for the 70-plus travel section in each issue–one of the biggest travel sections in the magazine industry. I traveled to amazing upscale, five-star resorts and destinations around the globe. I still write about honeymoons and destination weddings for several bridal magazines.
I am also a bestselling author. I have written several travel guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to New England and New York with Kids, New York City with Kids, and New York City Made Easy, as well as a children’s baseball novel, Catcher in the Sky. And, I am a co-author of several Murder, She Wrote novels. I also collaborated on How to Organize Just About Everything with Peter Walsh; I wrote 80 mini-chapters.
A little about why I think I fell in love with writing and travel: My father wrote Coffee, Tea or Me? when I was seven years old. The book made the New York Times bestseller list for an entire year. I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone that my father wrote it. He was the ghostwriter for two fictitious stewardesses, Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones. I was so embarrassed by Coffee, Tea or Me? I wasn’t quite sure why it was a big secret that my father wrote the book or, even more confusing, why my dad was pretending to be a woman, or worse, two women but I was very happy to keep the secret. Today, I’m very proud that my dad wrote it. Not only did I become a writer but, perhaps inspired by Coffee, Tea or Me?, I fell in love with the travel industry and have made my living as a travel writer and editor, crisscrossing the globe on assignment for almost two decades.
I got my start in journalism as in investigative reporter intern in Washington, DC with muckraker/syndicated columnist Jack Anderson. It was an awesome experience.
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