Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Birthday: April 29
Bio: Although I grew up hooked on writing, news and information, journalism is actually my second career. I spent more than 10 years working as a registered sales assistant for a Wall Street firm. I left that business to promote a non-fiction book I wrote on relationships, and later became a feature and news reporter. My time in newspapers can be compared to a period I spent as a volunteer with the Innocence Project in New York City. Both experiences required gathering information, which anchored and taught me to be objective so I could complete my task and connect with people. That is my honored duty, as editor, to the residents of Sandy Springs – to be your most objective and fair source of news and information.
At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know.
How would you describe your political beliefs?
I'm inclusive and my interests tend to lean towards those that benefit everyone. Having said that, I'm always interested in and welcome a perspective that is different from my own.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious)
I'm very much a spiritual person. I was raised Catholic and remain connected to that faith. However, my personal beliefs extend beyond the Catholic religion.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Ongoing storm water problems for homeowners. Sandy Springs is battling Fulton County over responsibility for the issue. In the meantime, affected homeowners are frustrated, at best, or furious over erosion of their property.
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
Rather than take a stance, I feel it is my job to effectively report all sides of the issue.