About

As a veteran freelance journalist and beer/spirits contributor for Forbes, I train my eyes, ears and typing fingers on the places where food and beverage intersect with business, culture, history, sustainability and identity. Writing for publications like USA Today, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, CBS.com, US Airways, Eater, and Vice, I file my stories from some of the world’s most colorful breweries, bars and boardrooms and appear as a frequent presenter on broadcasts and live panels hosted by entities like

the Smithsonian and Colonial Williamsburg.

Passionate about promoting women’s challenges and achievements, I have published my first book, a history of women in beer entitled A Woman’s Place Is in the Brewhouse: A Forgotten History of Alewives, Brewsters, Witches, and CEOs (Chicago Review Press, September 2021). I have volunteered with the Pink Boots Society for more than a decade and founded Beer for Babes, New Jersey’s original beer education group for women. I am also a certified BJCP beer judge.

In addition to writing and public speaking, I design and teach three for-credit beer and spirits courses for Wilmington University (DE) and provide marketing consulting services for a client roster that includes New Zealand Hops, Ltd. I am frequently quoted as a beverage expert in publications such as VinePair, Thrillist, SevenFifty Daily, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Before becoming a major-market TV news reporter, I earned academic degrees from Northwestern University and Tufts University. After spending my first 26 winter holidays in Puerto Rico and residing in 11 states and countries, I have chosen to live as an urban pioneer on Camden, NJ’s riverfront.

 

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