Greetings and salutations,
I am an independent journalist covering small business, finance, food and culture in Detroit, one of the greatest cities for innovation, entrepreneurship and community.
Six years ago, my husband, Karl, and I moved ourselves, our life and 16 paws worth of critter here. We bought a historic house for $35,000 and have spent the intervening time fixing it up. (Well, our wonderful contractors had that pleasure.) That story came out in my 2016 book, “Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life and Home.”
I am currently an editor-in-residence at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, but I once bled blue as a Knight-Wallace Fellow, class of ’13, at the University of Michigan. I am an alum of Crain’s Detroit Business, CNNMoney, Fortune Small Business, Westword and USAA, where I helped military families make smarter choices about their money. I also have a background in enterprise and investigative reporting.
One of my proudest accomplishments? Helping start the Jackson Free Press in Mississippi.
My career has taken many turns, but my guiding principle is this: Go where you can make a difference, whether it is guiding military families in preparing their finances for deployment or uncovering corruption in city government. In doing so, my teams have won the IRE, Loeb, John Bartlow Martin, Livingston and many more awards.
I decomplicate tough topics. I write. I edit. I do teevee and radio. I CMS like a madwoman. I especially SEO.
Also: I love cowboy boots, camouflage and pitbulls.