I'm an American-born-and-educated freelance media writer and photographer based in southern Germany, thirty km southeast of Munich. I'm also not far from Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria. Before moving to Germany in 1985, I worked as a reporter at The Ridgefield Press, a weekly newspaper in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and in the international editions departments of the magazines Cosmopolitan and Science Digest at The Hearst Corporation in New York. Once in Germany, I gained experience in the photo editing department at the German editions of Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar, and was the photo editor of the German magazine Musik Express for several years before starting out as a freelance journalist in 1988. For some time I also worked freelance as a book editor and translator.
My curiosity motivates me to dive into and thoroughly research many different topics. I love the challenge of working my way
into new subject areas. Projects in a wide variety of fields broaden my point of view, remind me to challenge preconceptions, make me a more empathic interviewer, help me to see the bigger
picture and to delight in the unexpected. I have written about asparagus and Bavarian bread dumplings, homeless people, organic farming, museums, the military, nuns, nudism, education,
technology, motorcycles, antiques, mechanical engineers, fashion, politics, cats, dogs, and cows.... Once I have finished one topic, I can hardly wait to discover the next one. Whereas most of my
articles have been on German topics, I have also published articles from travels and longer stays in the USA, Canada, England, Austria, and Italy.
To illustrate my articles, I provide my own photographs or can find images for you from other sources.
Besides writing complete articles, I'm also happy to help you with background research, fact-checking, or to collaborate on projects that combine the efforts of several contributors.
I write in my native American English. I speak fluent German and French and can also telephone, do research, and conduct interviews in Italian and Spanish. I am
willing to travel for assignments outside of my usual working area in southern Germany.