Editing Experience

Editor, regional university magazine, 7,000 circulation
Editor, university alumni magazine, 30,000 circulation
Editor, newsletter for nonprofit children's organization
Editor, a variety of reports for advertising agencies, government groups, and private firms

Writing Experience

Award-winning reporter and special assignments writer for newspapers in Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina
Editorial columnist for South Carolina daily newspaper
Freelance writer for national and international newspapers and magazines, advertising agencies, government agencies, private firms
Syndicated columnist: financial and life-management information for divorced, widowed, single people (Flying Solo); aging and retirement (Next Steps)

Employment History

Freelance writer/editor/journalist/author, 2010-present
Publications Manager, 2009-2010, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Editor and Senior Writer,
1983-2010, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Business Writer, 1981-1982, The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte NC)
Special Assignments Writer, 1980-1981, The State (Columbia SC)
Special Correspondent, 1977-present, The Economist (London, UK)
Special Assignments Writer, 1974-1979, The Columbia Record (Columbia SC)
Reporter, 1972-73, The State, (Columbia SC)
Reporter, 1967-1972, The Ann Arbor News (Ann Arbor MI)

Honors and Awards

2010 Winner, National Mature Media Awards,�"Next Steps:� A Practical Guide to Planning for the Best Half of Your Life" (Quill Driver Books, 2009)
Aging Awareness Media Award, 2005, American Geriatrics Society. Read more here.
Notable State Document Award
for Business and Economic Review, 2004, South Carolina State Library
Notable State Document Award
for Business and Economic Review, 1999, South Carolina State Library
Best Continuing Publication
, 1987-1988, Association of University Business and Economic Research Divisions
Nieman Fellowship, Harvard University, 1979-1980
Journalist of the Year, 1977, Society of Professional Journalists, Central South Carolina Chapter
Congressional Fellowship, American Political Science Association, 1973-74
Various Writing Awards (Features, Columns, Book Reviews, In-Depth Writing), Associated Press, National Federation of Press Women, Michigan Federation of Press Women, Michigan Education Association

Education and Professional Development

The University of Michigan, Master of Arts, Political Science, 1967
Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science, International Affairs and French, 1966
Laval University, Quebec, Canada, Certificat francais, 1964
American Political Science Association, Congressional Fellow, 1973-74
Harvard University, Nieman Fellow, 1979-80
Stanford University, Magazine Writing and Editing Workshop, 1986


American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Committee of Concerned Journalists

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