Phone: (609) 865-9690
Hometown: Dennis, Mass.
Birthday: February 24
Bio: : I grew up in Massachusetts and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. Later, I earned a master's in business from Simmons School of Management in Boston.
In college, I was on track for a career in journalism- as news editor of my college paper, interning for weekly and daily newspapers and being published in The Boston Globe.
Then I found out how much reporters earned and took an immediate career detour. I spent eight years working in corporate banking before a corporate layoff convinced me to return to my first love- journalism.
Over the past six years, I have been a reporter at newspapers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
As a reporter at the New Hampshire Union Leader, I broke two national stories. The first was the story of four municipal employees fired for gossiping about their boss. The other was about a 17-year-old boy who had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend but was prosecuted for sexual assault. My reporting led to coverage in the Boston Globe, New York Times, "Good Morning America" and "20/20."
When I heard about Patch, I jumped at the chance to be part of this online, interactive venture. I consider it the future of journalism.
I have always considered Princeton my second home. My grandparents used to live on Wiggins Street and my grandmother later moved to an apartment on Nassau Street. I spent nearly every major holiday in Princeton as a child and remember shopping at Clayton's in Palmer Square and at Woolworth's and the Hobby Shop on Nassau Street.
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Politics: I have voted for both Republican and Democratic candidates, but generally consider myself a Democrat. What worries me most about politics is the move towards more partisan and often hostile debate, instead of working towards compromise for the good of the country.
Religion: I was raised in the Episcopal Church, but I don't consider myself particularly religious.
Local Hot-Button Issues: Consolidation is the biggest issue facing Princeton Township and Princeton Borough. Should the two municipalities collaborate between similar functions or pursue all-out consolidation?
Other issues include the future of the Dinky train station when Princeton University builds its new arts center and electing a new borough mayor when longtime incumbent Mildred Trotman leaves at the end of 2011.