Hi, and thank you for visiting my website. I am a journalist, writer, and a frequent contributor to Vogue and Town & Country magazines, where I write about health, beauty, medicine and travel. I’m also the author of the New York Times travel best seller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales, November 2014) – a book of essays about where to go in France and why – a Foreword Review INDIEFAB book of the year for Nonfiction/Travel. I have won 5 Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation for excellence in travel writing, including one for Travel Journalist of the Year, for my essays from Rwanda, France, Russia, Morocco and Haiti.
I write for many publications in addition to Vogue and Town & Country – Marie Claire, Departures, Yahoo Travel, Creative Nonfiction, O the Oprah Magazine, Roads & Kingdoms, Time, Tin House, BBC Travel, Architectural Digest, National Geographic Traveler and others. My essays have been published in the New York Times‘ Modern Love and NY Times Magazine Lives columns, Vogue’s Up Front and Nostalgia columns, and three times in Town & Country’s Manners and Misdemeanors series.
Several anthologies have featured my essays, and in addition to the Lowell Thomas Awards, I also received two Solas Awards for best travel writing: one for an essay about an experience in Cold War Moscow, and a Gold award for a memoir of Morocco. A story I wrote for The Millions, about my husband’s and my creative lives, was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays of 2014. I’ve written about sugar, Graham Greene, Edith Wharton, political candidates, humanitarian work in Rwanda, Haiti and other countries, my hormones, my hips, my legs, my lips, Lyme disease, celebrities, chocolate, sex scandals, all my travels, working as a French teacher, micro grants in Africa, and quite a bit about marriage and my life since I left the big city with my family for the rural wilds.
I graduated from Princeton, where I studied creative writing with Russell Banks but majored in Russian language and literature. I still love those writers and wish I had the attention span to read Dostoevsky’s collected works again. For almost two decades, I worked in broadcast news as a producer for ABC News, 60 Minutes/CBS News, Dateline/NBC News and Dow Jones both in the US and abroad. For many of those years, I was a producer for Barbara Walters within the news division at ABC, where I did stories on world leaders such as Boris Yeltsin, Muammar Qaddafi, Vaclav Havel and Benjamin Netinyahu, and many athletes and celebrities including David Letterman, Kobe Bryant and dozens more.
I lived in Paris for four years where I married the sculptor who is still my husband. A few years ago, I got a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the experience was great for the adult brain. I wrote my thesis on maritime piracy and national security (the U.S.’s) in Africa.
Moscow is still one of my favorite places on earth. Others are the Grand Canyon, St. Jean de Luz, any hot beach with white sand, and my own kitchen, especially when my two children are home, which is rarely. I’ll keep you posted, and appreciate your checking in.