Tell me your story. I'll help.
I was the kid who asked too many questions. I was endlessly curious—some would say nosy.I'm still curious, still nosy and love sharing what I found—be it in confidential reports, national magazines, photos or just chatting. Bottom line, I stories—whether they're mine or someone else's. That's what I do today. I'm a story teller. I tell stories and I help others tell their stories.
“Let me help you tell your story.”
— Janet Kornblum
How it Began
I was lucky to discover my passion early in life. I began my journalism career by marching into the offices of my university's affiliated newspaper, the Daily Californian at UC Berkeley.It was the best education I could have had. I went from small newspapers to Internet startups (including CNET News.com) and then onto the big league, USA Today, where I was a staff writer for a decade. I took a detour after college when I replied to an intriguing offer on the student job board (back then, that was a physical board with 3x5 index cards.) Private investigation. I served subpoenas, looked up record and even tailed people. Oh, and my boss called me Ace.
Today I'm a dedicated freelancer. I do ghost writing, my own writing, media training and investigation.
Ghost writing: I write: speeches, websites, stories, white papers, sales pitches and essays. I thought I wouldn't like sharing credit. Turns out, I love helping people tell their stories. I like to shape them with you, pull them out and help you tell your best story possible. If you want samples of my work, let me know.
Media training: When a friend who runs his own public relations agency asked me to put some of his clients through a mock interview, I realized how much I loved coaching. Today, I run Panic Media Training with my business partner. Media Training is just a fancy way of saying we help people present themselves well, whether in interviews, speeches or to boards. We call it Panic because we help people overcome panic by simply preparing.
My feature stories: Features
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.