Adventurer. Writer. Creative

By day I write news stories for the University of Tennessee’s Civil & Environmental Engineering and Nuclear Engineering programs, where I get a front row seat to how engineers are tackling some of the biggest problems of our day, most notably climate change.

I’m also a freelance writer with publications in Smithsonian.com, Smoky Mountain Living, The Knoxville Mercury, Amplitude Magazine, inMotion, BearPaw, The Greensboro Review, and more.

In 2001, I took my first adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and I’m now working on finishing all the trails in the park system by 2020.

I love all things Smokies!

Before the award-winning independent newspaper, the Knoxville Mercury shuttered, I wrote features about the Great Smoky Mountains where I have lived and hiked since 2003.

In 2013, after nearly 15 years in the communications field, I felt a strong desire to work with my hands. After writing a story about regional arts and crafts schools for Smoky Mountain Living, I decided I wanted to attempt a craft, and I began learning metalsmithing for jewelry making.

This commenced my journey into creative entrepreneurship, and in 2016 I launched a line of jewelry and copper bowls called Copper Fire.

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