I am a freelance journalist and a correspondent for Outside magazine based in Durango, Colorado. For more than a decade, I have covered science, the environment, travel, and outdoor sports for a wide range of magazines, newspapers and websites.
I’m most passionate about writing narratives that move readers in some way. I loved diving into stories like “A Complicated Past,” a feature exploring new scholarship on Reconstruction, a tumultuous era in U.S. history, for National Parks magazine, and “Texas Makes Me Happy,” an essay on finding peace after depression on the barren roads of West Texas for National Geographic Traveler.
I also love to write about some of the world’s wildest, most remote places and people on obsessive quests. In “The Last Godforsaken Place,” a travel feature about South Georgia Island for Outside Online, I braved 19 days on a ship, 60-mile-per-hour winds, and 25-foot seas to wade through some of the largest penguin colonies on earth. In “The Mushroom Whisperers,” which appeared in 5280, I ate lichens and invasive crayfish while profiling two quirky men on a mission to bring Colorado’s wild foods to the state’s top restaurants.
In 2016, along with nine superb journalists from around the world, I was selected as a Metcalf Institute fellow and participated in a week-long science immersion workshop to turbo-boost my science reporting skills. The experience has proved invaluable as I continue to write more deeply about science and environmental issues.
My work has also been honored with awards from The North American Travel Journalists Association and the Society of American Travel Writers, which named me a Lowell Thomas travel journalist of the year in 2011. My story, “Ghost of a Chance,” was a notable mention in The Best American Travel Writing 2016. But accolades aren’t really the point, right?
I am constantly thanking my good fortune that I landed (by quite a random chance, I might add) in such an amazing corner of the country. In my spare time, I backpack, run, bike, and ski in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest. At home, I am an adventurous cook, semi-pro photographer, occasional yoga teacher, and volunteer for the local meditation center. I am also the founder of the Durango Women’s Book & Cocktail Society, a non-exclusive club for women who love reading and drinking.