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I am a broad-range Philadelphia-based freelance writer specializing in craft-beer coverage, dining, tourism, sustainable agriculture, and urban growth and development. I also copy-write for corporate and non-profit clients, and teach and speak on beer history, trends, pairings and marketing to women. I’ve written for national and local publications like USAirways,, Travel Goods Showcase,Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine, All About Beer Magazine, Draft Magazine, Philadelphia magazine, The (Philadelphia Inquirer), and New Jersey Monthly, and I pen several regular columns about beer, restaurant trends and arts and culture, including the “Athena’s Fermentables” column about women and beer for Ale Street News, the country’s largest circulation beer newspaper. Before living this active freelance lifestyle, I worked as an equally energetic major-market TV news reporter.

I received the inaugural Epikur Writer of the Year award for excellence as a Philadelphia food and drink writer, and I’ve won three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. This follows several awards for book editing and documentary production and direction.

Me at Dogfish Head with owner Sam Calagione

I founded Beer for Babes, New Jersey’s original state-wide women’s group for beer appreciation and education, and I volunteer as the historian for the Pink Boots Society, an international non-profit organization for females in the beer industry. I’m also a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and co-founder of The Beer Pair/Ferment Your Event, a company that hosts tutored beer tastings and events. In the spring of 2013, I obtained a professional Core Wine Certificate through The National Wine School.

Meanwhile, I continue to write about complex matters of policy and legislation in New Jersey, and I occasionally contribute production skills to documentaries about social justice. I’ve run various large-scale marketing campaigns and still write press and stakeholder materials for major metropolitan tourism and development corporations. My proudest moment as a freelance marketing professional came when I unexpectedly took over as media manager for the annual U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce conference – a job that had me coordinating logistics with the White House and securing credentials for the international press corps in advance of a significant policy speech given by President Obama.

I’ve earned a master’s degree from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, speak Spanish and French and have lived in Paris and nine U.S. states, including New York, California and Tennessee. I now reside on the Camden, NJ, waterfront, where I watch fireworks explode over the Philadelphia skyline every Friday night in the summer, thanks to the minor-league baseball stadium a block from my “double-wide” brick rowhouse.

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