Hometown McLean, Virginia - but my family and I have lived in the Lehigh Valley for the past 16 years.
Birthday Oct. 17
Marital Status: Married, with three sons
Professional Background: I've been a journalist for almost 20 years. I started at a weekly in Newark, Del. where I fell in love with community journalism. From there I worked at a daily, The Cecil Whig, in Elkton, Md., before moving to Allentown in 1996. I was about to have my first son when we moved to PA so I decided to freelance instead of working full-time as a reporter. Over the years I've written for the Morning Call, The Eastern PA Business Journal, Lehigh Valley Magazine, Lehigh Valley Marketplace and a couple national publications. In 2010, I started working at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as their special events coordinator - it was a great way to try something other than writing and a fantastic experience.
High School/College: I graduated from McLean High School and then from West Virginia University with a B.S. in News Editorial/Journalism. I minored in English.
Hobbies: Reading is a luxury with three boys to keep up with but I love it when I get the chance. I also like to tackle home improvement projects and decorate. The thrill of finding a "treasure" while scouring second-hand stores or antique shops is one of my favorite pastimes.
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I'm a registered Republican. I tend to lean toward conservative economic platforms and sway back toward the middle on social issues. Mostly I'm a middle-of-the-road person and I prefer to gather as many facts as possible about an issue so I can reach an informed opinion.
I am Roman Catholic but I wouldn't say I am a learned Catholic. That's probably why I usually stick to taking attendance and grading papers for the PREP class my husband and I teach at church.
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
I've found most people just want to provide a better life for their families. The challenge for any community is to provide services (good schools, police, fire, parks and recreation, charitable ventures and commerce) that can uplift a community and not overburden it with high taxes.
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
The reason journalism has always appealed to me is because it's objective. I don't think I can say I have a unwavering stance on any one issue because I find my opinion changes as circumstances changes. It's best to keep an open mind!