I am an author, book critic and former New York Times reporter. I write, edit and do special projects for a variety of clients in the fields of business, recreation, music and travel. Currently I am the book critic for Music Media Monthly published by Alexander Street Press, as well as contributor to PopMatters, an online magazine about popular culture and the arts, and NYCityWoman.com. I am also the New York Books, Music and New York Cycling columnist for Examiner.com, an online news feed covering 129 cities. I write travel articles for many publications, including Buckettripper.com.
From 2009 to 2012, I was communications officer for the antipoverty nonprofit organization Single Stop USA. In addition, I worked with personal finance expert Douglas Andrew on his New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Last Chance Millionaire, published in June 2007 by Warner Business Books, as well as Millionaire By Thirty by Douglas, Emron and Aaron Andrew, published in April 2008. For several years, I assisted a renowned psychiatrist, Ari Kiev, in writing five books for executives of hedge funds, including Hedge Fund Leadership (Wiley, 2008).
I have done speeches, research and rewriting for individuals, companies and colleges. My journalism and book reviews appear frequently in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.
For more than 12 years, starting at the dawn of the internet as we know it, I have been an online editor and writer. Among additional companies I have worked for are: Away.com, Travelmuse.com, Healthscout.com, Myprimetime.com, Mountain News, Excite.com and CNNfn.com.
As an editor at Mountain News 2002-2006, I wrote and edited an e-mail newsletter for top resort and travel officials. I also contributed to the popular ski/snowboard site OnTheSnow.com.
From 1998-2001 I did online editing for Healthscout, the Web service that supplied daily health news to The New York Times syndicate, USA Today and hundreds of other affiliates. I was a contributing writer for the baby-boomer site Myprimetime.com, the Dow Jones Business Directory, BusinessWeek.com, Wired News and Gorp.com.
From 1995 to 1997 I was an editor-writer for Excite.com. I wrote critiques of thousands of Web sites for its database, created Excite Tours, and managed special projects.
In 1996, I was a founder and executive editor of the independent Web site Sports For Women, a prime source of news about female athletes, teams and fitness.
For more than a decade I was a reporter and national correspondent at The New York Times. As head of the Rocky Mountains Bureau, based in Denver, I covered politics, business, sports, environment, entertainment, travel and other subjects in a 10-state territory. In New York, my beats over the years included transportation, neighborhoods, and consumer affairs.
My books include A Long Way, Baby: Behind The Scenes in Women's Pro Tennis, Machisma: Women and Daring, Musical Gumbo: the Music of New Orleans, written with Laura Dankner, and two titles on buying and selling real estate.
MAGAZINES, PUBLIC RELATIONS AND TEACHING
I was Executive Editor of World Tennis and have written for many magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, New York, Vogue, Esquire, Rolling Stone, AARP Magazine, and Smithsonian. My book reviews have appeared in major newspapers nationwide.
From 1993-1995 I was Public Relations Director at the New School, handling media requests and publicity for its degree-granting divisions, including Parsons School of Design, and its continuing education program. I have taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at New York's City College.
I am a member of the Authors Guild, National Book Critics Circle, North American Snowsports Journalists Association, and New York Financial Writers Association.
LEISURE AND PHILANTHROPIC WORK
Sinc 2009 I have been Public Relations director for the New York Cycle Club, the city's largest recreational bike riding group.
EDUCATION AND PERSONAL INFORMATION
A native New Yorker, I graduated (maiden name: Grace Rosenthal) from Brooklyn College, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, with honors in Comparative Literature. Divorced with no children, I count among my hobbies reading, skiing, tennis, bicycle riding and rooting for the New York Mets.
In 1992, I spent 48 days riding a bicycle cross-country from Seattle to Asbury Park, N.J., to raise money for breast cancer research. I chronicled that journey in twice-weekly dispatches published in The New York Times.