Beats I cover:
Culture
Retail & Business
Sales & Marketing

About me:
I joined the Business Record as a reporter in September 2013 and have called the Des Moines area home since 2011. Before I came to the Business Record, I worked as an editor for Patch.com, where I launched and managed the company’s Ankeny website.

Being a journalist was an easy choice for me. At 16, I decided I was going to be one, and I haven’t looked back since. I graduated from Nora Springs-Rock Falls High School, just east of Mason City, and attended North Iowa Area Community College before transferring to University of Iowa. After receiving my degree, I started my career at the Jackson County Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper in Black River Falls, Wis.

Professionally, I feel that was the best decision I could have made, as it made me a better journalist overall, as well as taught me how integral a role the community plays when determining how best to serve it.

Eventually I returned to Iowa and spent two years as editor of the Britt News-Tribune, a small weekly newspaper in north-central Iowa. With Patch, I experienced a new, fast-paced side of journalism, building a news outlet from the ground up and reaching an audience on an entirely digital basis. 

Currently I live in Ankeny with my husband, Ben, and am a stepmom to two little girls, ages 8 and 6. My puppy, Libby, has the saddest eyes you’ll ever see. She’s 2 years old and not technically considered a puppy anymore, but there are times I wish she would just go back to being tiny. In my free time, I love listening to music and investing more time than I probably should searching for artists and songs I’ve never heard before just to expand my library. 

I’ve recently started writing fiction again, and maybe someday, one of those stories will make it off my computer and onto a bookshelf. 

I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter of my career and getting to know the places and people that make up the Des Moines business community. Don’t hesitate to give me a call, send me an email, or lure me to a coffeehouse(although there probably won’t be much convincing necessary). I’m here to share your stories, and the most important part of doing that is you.