I’ve spent the last 15 years as a writer working for most of the major upscale publications and media companies: The New York Times, Dow Jones, Forbes, The New Yorker, Golf Digest and, for shorter projects, Vogue and InStyle. I’ve worked in advertising and digital media, mostly freelance, writing about finance, travel, technology, lifestyle and lately, about political influence and money.
This latest topic has come by way of Forbes.com, where my blog, Fat Cats, was launched in 2011. It was there I started writing a series on the horse industry, particularly racing, breeding, responsible ownership and the political and industry forces that are working to open horse slaughterhouses again in the US. Working on this topic opened my eyes to the power of the agriculture, energy and pharmaceutical industries in shaping important legislation affecting food and environmental safety, and humane treatment of animals. This series offers a counter view that is unique in the main news media, including undercover videos, FOIA data and photos, and careful research. A high point was my interview with Dr. Temple Grandin on one of the slaughterhouses she built that was recently the focus of an undercover video investigation. I hope you will read, follow and share this series.
My articles on this topic have also appeared in AlterNet, The Huffington Post and NewsWeek/The Daily Beast.
I have an especial interest in animal journalism and its failure to treat animal issues and news that have animal connections to the highest journalistic standards of fact-finding. My coverage of animal topics is therefore somewhat narrow, but deep. I do a lot of research, and it takes time. Because I view my role as an informer of the public seriously, I sacrifice providing a lot of content in the service of providing data-driven content that people can take to their legislators. Elected officials are too often misled by un-fact checked news stories into making uninformed, insupportable public policies. My objective as a journalist is to do research and provide facts that stand the test of time.
On a lighter note, I’ve written many personal essays about family, home, love and some of my big adventures. I hope you will read and enjoy, particularly my two favorites, “Last Days at Nirvana Farm,” about the sale of a storied family property, and also “No Country for Old Broads,” about the time Javier Bardem checked me out at the premiere for “No Country For Old Men” and what happened when we met up at the after party. You’ll find a smattering of other articles, too, including my meet-up with then Senator John Edwards, and some of the celebrities I dream about regularly.
Lastly, I have been writing a memoir, “The Modern Christian Spinster’s Guide to Love in the 21st Century,” which I’ve been serializing for this blog. Call it a “blogoir,” if you like. I’ve posted some early chapters here, along with what I call, “adventures in modern prudery” for your reading pleasure.