After many years working as a journalist (New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, TV Guide) and screenwriter (NBC and CBS prime time productions), I created two new goals: First, to go back to school and get my master's degree in journalism. And second, to become a teacher. The first goal was fulfilled in 2010, when I was granted USC's Annenberg Fellowship and full-ride scholarship, graduating at the top of my class from the master's program in Specialized Journalism. Upon graduation, I was asked to teach at my alma mater and it has become the highlight of my professional life. I simply love teaching. Two of my students last semester told me that my class changed their lives; one decided to change from a business to a writing major. Another, an engineering major, said that she discovered her love of writing for the first time.
I have been working for some of the most prestigious newspapers, magazines and television stations in this country. I have won two Emmy Awards, First Place from the Associated Press, and a George Foster Peabody award for investigative reporting. I have also won three fellowships: One from the University of Chicago and two from USC. Along the way, the greatest skills I have acquired are the ability to write, speak and present myself well - and to help others do the same. My editors tell me time and again that I have been hired because today's high school and college graduates "don't know how to write." I would add, "don't know how to read," as well. I would love to help change that, one student at a time.
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