HARD NEWS/FEATURES: at “The San Juan Star”; “New York Daily News,” “Newsday” and “The Miami News,” covering schools, fires, crime, airline crashes, politics, political conventions, sports, music, art and writing book reviews, also for the Book Of The Month Club.
PROFILES: (my greatest interest and strength) of world leaders (Golda Meir, Helen Suzman); civil rights (the Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Julian Bond, Flo Kennedy, Jack Greenburg); artists (Robert Rauschenberg, Alice Neel, Andrew Wyeth, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenna Goodacre) writers (Truman Capote, Henry Miller, Nikki Giovanni); labor leaders (Jimmy Hoffa, Albert Shanker); musicians (Benny Goodman, Barry Tuckwell, Rise Stevens); actors (Rod Steiger, Bette Midler); and television personalities (Barbara Walters, Judge Judy, Dr. Ruth, Linda Ellerbee); athletes (Chris Evert, Ron Turcott, Rene Richards plus Baseball Players Union chief Marvin Miller , Boxing’s Don King and Secretariat owner Penny Tweedy); business (Arthur Levitt, Jr; J. Willard Marriott, Jr.). Also Witness Protection Program, NYC Bomb Squad and Women on Death Row. Published in virtually every mainstream publication including “The New York Times” “People” AARP’s “Modern Maturity,” “Good Housekeeping” “Time” “American Health” “All At Sea”and “TV Guide.”
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE: the return of Juan Domingo to Argentina after 18 years of exile: and post-Allende military coup in Chile. Speak Spanish.
AUTHOR: Eight books including a novel and some quick turn around celebrity books (jobs-for-hire) ; my late twin’s memoir LEGWORK (Scribner); and profiles of one of the Little Rock Nine, various immigrant groups, Woodstock alumna, Japanese American interned in the camps during WWII, head of Psycho-oncology at Memorial, among others, in THE GRANDMOTHER BOOK (St. Martin’s), photos and text showing the changing roles of grandmothers and what America looked like at the end of the 20th Century through them; new work-in-progress. Celebrity paperbacks also published in England, Israel,Greece and Australia; LEGWORK optioned for a television movie and serialized in “ Ladies’ Home Journal”
PRESS PERSON: My older sister’s New York State Senate campaign; mother’s New York State Supreme Court race–both successful; brother, “Slim Goodbody,” children’s television health crusader.
TEACHER: full time for five years and now currently substitute teaching English in New York City schools.
Interviewer who listens well
Firm grasp of journalistic ethics
Generate ideas and follow through
Love of getting/writing stories; no interest in titles or self-promotion
Write profiles (strongest skill) that reflect an idea or process
Comfortable in any region of the world with diverse populations
Tenacity (relentless) to get stories and interviews
James Rowland Moody Award – New York University (Heights) for articles on foreign students in college newspaper.
Inter-American Press Association/New York Times Fellowship in South America for a year reporting throughout the continent.
New York City Teaching Fellowship and AmeriCorps Grant.
Master of Science: Education
Fordham University – New York City, New York, New York
Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Arts/English Honors
New York University (Heights) – New York City, New York
Summer courses: Spanish Language–University of Mexico (Mexico City) ;University of Madrid (Spain)
French language– Alliance Francaise (Paris, France)