Despite growing up in Manhattan – or perhaps because of it – I developed an early appreciation for travel, the environment and the outdoors, and write about adventures in the nearly 100 countries I have visited to ski, scuba dive, hike, bike, raft, spa, prowl around ancient and mythical archeological sites, or sit at a sidewalk café.
My travel articles have appeared in USA Today, American Airlines Magazine, UAL Hemispheres, Budget Travel, Huffington Post, AAA Car & Travel, New York Post, Luxury Travel Advisor, and websites including Orbitz Travel, TripAdvisor.com, ShermansTravel.com and About.com
My love of NYC’s subway system notwithstanding, I write extensively on automobiles and driving, especially safety and value, including for US News & World Report, New York Times, AOL/Autoblog Green, AAA Car and Travel, and as asyndicated columnist for Motor Matters. I’ve also been known to pull on a helmet to test drive new models around a racetrack at warp speed.
A product of parents who owned and operated neighborhood retail stores, I champion consumer rights and issues. My articles on negotiating the consumer marketplace have appeared in publications including Travel & Leisure, Redbook, Family Circle and Associated Press newspapers.
I’ve written or contributed to more than one dozen travel guidebooks about New York City, the Hudson Valley, the Caribbean, Canada and skiing. Since my most recent guidebook, 100 Peaceful Places in NYC. I also write, edit and pubish a website for NYC residents and visitors, NYC on the Cheap with daily updates on events and deals. Travel news, green car news, and smart spending news goes on my ecoXplorer blog.
I’m a longtime member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) , North American Snowsports Journalists Assn. (NASJA) , and International Motor Press Assn. (IMPA), and a proud graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Go Tigers!
Before switching to print and the web, I was the consumer reporter for WABC-TV “Eyewitness News” and before that for WCBS-AM “Newsradio 88” in New York City, investigating and reporting on frauds and dangerous products for the both local stations and their parent networks, ABC News and CBS Radio.
All that on-air experience makes me an expert speaker. I share those newsroom and on-camera skills as a media interview coach, leading workshops and training seminars for corporations, industry associations, authors, and celebrities normally found on the gossip pages. We writers know how to interview others, but we need to be coached on how to be on the other side of the desk and be the subject of an interview, especially if the interview is live television. Just ask anybody who has wasted their 15 minutes of fame.
I’m a lifelong New Yorker, and raised two children as a single parent when I was widowed, and fiercely proud of the accomplished adults they have grown up to be.
Contact me for writing, coaching workshops or sponsored relationships. [email protected]