I did my senior thesis as an Anthropology major at Vassar College on food aid in Guatemala.
I'd worked at Oxfam America the summer before my senior year. While there,I'd met an expert from Oxfam UK who was istudying food aid. He subsequently hired me to come to Oxford the year after I graduated to work with his as a research assistant at the Oxfam home office.
He traveled quite a bit and while he was gone, I fielded constant inquiries from journalists interested in his work. I was taken with journalism through those experiences and decided I would pursue work as a journalist covering the development issues about which I so passionate.
As so often happens life, I found my way to Kansas City and was hired at the NPR affiliate here for a job as a reporter, then news director. I fell in love with what was then "public radio" (it has since become "public media," as we engage in content production "across platforms," digital, video, social media, etc.)
In 1989 I was hired to work as a producer in Washington DC, where I stayed until 1993. My then-fiance was working in Kansas City so I moved back to get married.
NPR hired me to be the Midwest Reporter, a dream job. I did it until 1999, when I resigned after my 3rd child was born. The job required more travel that I wanted to do at that time; we had three young children.
But I was able to come back to the affiliate in Kansas City to work part time as a reporter and producer In 2012, I returned to full time work as a community engagement reporter and producer. Community engagement requires us to source stories out in the community rather than dropping in with a preconceived idea about what the story is. It's an approach well suited to my interest in learning and writing about different cultures. Kansas City has become surprisingly multi-cultural.
As far as my interests in development work, my skills revolve around reporting,producing, editing and teaching. I taught at the University of Missouri Kansas City as an adjunct teacher for several years. I have led numerous workshops and training. I enjoy teaching and imagine an opportunity to work with emerging democracies in developing media skills and programs.
I have extensive experience in interviewing, production,writing and storytelling. I believe storytelling can help people who've endured trauma, through conflict, natural disaster or poverty. I know some organizations are working in this area.
I hope to return to my passion for international development work withing the next year or two, applying the skill sets I've acquired during my journalism career.