About me

headshoteastercropI am a writer, editor and researcher in the Washington, D.C., area and a Ph.D. candidate at University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. I also serve as managing editor for Journalism & Communication Monographs under editor Dr. Linda Steiner.

I have more than a decade of experience reporting on history, arts, culture, media and the outdoors for national magazines and newspapers. I have also done radio and video storytelling. Additionally, I have researched, written and edited nonprofit publications, grant proposals, public history and documentary media projects, and website and mobile app content.

As an academic, I’m interested in how news media represent particular groups and geographies – the identities of places – and whose voices make it into news coverage. My research looks at the public discourse and journalism about gentrification, neighborhood change, and spatial inequality in the D.C. area.

My writing has been featured in Smithsonian magazine, Humanities magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The St. Louis Beacon, The Christian Science Monitor, Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine, Rails to Trails magazine, Albuquerque’s alt-weekly Alibi, and No Depression music magazine, among other publications. I was an associate editor at Current, the biweekly newspaper about public radio and television. As a editorial consultant, I researched and wrote for a National Park Service website and mobile app about Chesapeake Bay history and developed projects for City Projects documentary film company, whose films air on PBS. I’ve also reported for several public radio programs, was a park ranger for NPS in Washington’s Rock Creek Park, and edited newsletters for several nonprofits, including the Journalism & Women Symposium.

As a grant writer, I’ve written proposals and letters that my clients have submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, the MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, Latino Public Broadcasting, California Council for the Humanities, and the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

Before embarking on a Ph.D., I received an M.A. from the Missouri School of Journalism, an M.A. in literary and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in English from Bethel College (Kansas).

I am registered as a woman-owned small business on the U.S. Federal Government’s System for Award Management contractor database.