• MFA Creative Writing. (Emphasis Creative Nonfiction) Old Dominion University. Phi Kappa Phi. Terminal Degree, English.
  • BA, English, Bethany College, Cum Laude
  • Temple University, 28 hours of MFA in Theatre, Performing Arts, Oral Communication


  • August 2015-Present: Asst. Professor of Journalism, Hampton University.
    Media Writing Across Platforms, Editing at the 100, 200, 300 and 400 levels.
  • July 2012–June 2014: Visiting Asst. Professor of Journalism, Old Dominion University.
    Taught Intro to New Media Technologies, Public Journalism in Digital Age,  Intro to Journalism, Understanding Media, Media and Pop Culture, Intro to Lit, Intro to PR.
  • Fall 2010-July 2012: Adjunct English Instructor, ODU, Norfolk, VA. Taught Composition, Argument, and Short Story
  • Spring 2009-2011: Adjunct English Instructor, Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, VA. Taught Writing, Composition.
  • 2003–2009: Full-time free-lance Women’s Health Writer/Editor for national publications. (See Publications below.)
  • 1988–2000: The Virginian-Pilot, Senior Writer. Covered criminal justice, federal courts, Virginia Beach police and courts, Suffolk police and courts, city hall.
  • 1987-1988: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Northeast Neighbors, Stringer. General assignment.


  • 1998-99: Nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes by The Virginian-Pilot, legislative abuse of power
  • 1995: J.C. Penney and University of Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award. Best Single Story, national first runner-up, feature Virginia Death Row Chaplain
  • 1994: Virginia Press Association. Law and Justice Award, First Place, DNA articles presented to Congress
  • 1994: National Association of Black Journalists. Distinguished Writing Award, First Place, resulted in release of wrongly convicted man
  • 1994: Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. First Place. Excellence in Journalism Award, breadth and depth of Criminal Justice coverage


  • April 11, 2018: The Washington Post: The price of cheap meat? Raided slaughterhouses and upended communities. A pattern has emerged for the
    meatpacking industry that relies on undocumented workers for its dangerous, low- paying jobs.
  • May 2018: University of Iowa Press: Hog Wild. The Battle for Workers’ Rights at the world’s largest slaughterhouse. Smithfield Foods was found guilty of hundreds of labor violations including assault, inciting a riot, firing union supporters, harassing union supporters including threats of deportation, firing, and other illegal acts. The UFCW spent millions on a campaign to defeat Smithfield. Smithfield filed a RICO suit. The two settled and a union was voted in in 2008. This book tells the story of two champions of justice who defeated the world’s largest pork industry, now owned by the Chinese.
  • 2011: MFA Thesis, Collected Reportage, sexual assault in the military, narrative of cross-racial misidentification, narrative of sexual assault, narrative expose of Smithfield Foods.
  • 2005–2009: Women’s Health Writer, Contributing Writer/Editor for Current Psychiatry; Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause; OBG Management supplements; Contemporary Surgery supplements.
  • 2004–2010: PortFolio Magazine: Investigative pieces on Pat Robertson’s Regent University and Smithfield Foods.
  • 2005-2007: Contributing Writer/Editor for Women’s Health Today; Practical Strategies for Women’s Health.
  • 2003–2005: Virginia Business: Hampton Roads Correspondent.
  • 1988-2000: The Virginian-Pilot: Reporter, Criminal Justice, investigative.
  • 1988: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Northeast Neighbors.