Print/DIGITAL/Video JOURNALIST, author, EditoR, and
LIVING IN: Lexington, Kentucky, with husband Christopher, one dog, and two horses.
PASSIONATE ABOUT: My interests include rural life, agriculture, natural history, veterinary science and the One Health Initiative, marine life and seabirds, general-interest historical topics, and reviving forgotten stories and voices. I also love off-the-wall stories, curiosities, quirky characters, and distinctive voices; nonfiction; digital and video technology and how they enable great storytelling; and how to sustain an eco-friendly rural lifestyle. Storytelling, in words and images.
Princeton University. A.B. English literature, concentration in creative writing.
Trinity College Dublin, 1988-1989. Junior year abroad, studied Anglo-Irish literature.
Joseph B. Thomas: An American Sportsman (Rowman & Littlefield, fall 2019)
The Iroquois Hunt: A Bluegrass Foxhunting Tradition (Arcadia Press, 2014)
Author of The Home Run Horse: Inside America’s Billion-Dollar Racehorse Industry and the High-Stakes Dreams that Fuel It (DRF Press, 2004).
Writing and/or video has appeared on National Public Radio’s “The Two-Way,” Veterinary Information Network News Service, ESPN.com, US Equestrian magazine, Daily Racing Form, and numerous other publications and sites.
Currently senior content editor at the non-profit US Equestrian, the national governing body for equestrian sport in the United States. Duties include
serving as editor-in-chief and production manager for US Equestrian, the organization's membership magazine, which mails four print editions to US Equestrian's 126,000 members (111,000 households) and produces a fifth digital-only edition
serving as original content producer and editor for US Equestrian's weekly email newsletter, Equestrian Weekly, which goes out to more than 200,000 subscribers each week
working directly with veterinarians and subject matter experts to produce regular educational stories that translate scientific and technical information into easy-to-use material for a general equestrian audience
working closely with US Equestrian's 21 affiliated equine breed and equestrian sport organizations to identify and produce relevant original content packages that enhance or promote their respective breeds and sports within US Equestrian's larger strategy (to provide access to and increase participation in equestrian sports at all levels through inspiration and education, and by ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment)
editing membership communications for content, accuracy, consistency of organizational voice and style, and ease of use for reader
providing editorial leadership, writing, interviewing, copyediting, and contracting with various writers, photographers, and stakeholders
Former senior editor at The Chronicle of the Horse and editor of The Chronicle of the Horse's Untacked magazine.
Freelance from September 2013 to present. Client list has included
1999-2013 Daily Racing Form's senior bloodstock correspondent
Feb. 2012 "Night Watch" video featured on NPR.org's The Two-Way Blog
Author of narrative nonfiction book The Home Run Horse (DRF Press, 2004)
Work has appeared on ESPN.com, DRF.com, BloodHorse.com, and in a variety of publications
Previously the editor of Equine Athlete and the news and features editor at Thoroughbred Times.
2012 Eclipse Award - Audio/Multimedia
2009 John H. Daniels Fellow at the National Sporting Library
1999 Kent Hollingsworth Award for Excellence in Reporting
1997 Bill Leggett Breeders' Cup Magazine Writing Award
RADIO AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES:
"The Gamble," a Science Times documentary about genetics in Thoroughbred breeding that aired on the National Geographic channel. Regular guest on "At the Races with Steve Byk," Thoroughbred racing's best-known daily radio news show (Thoroughbred Racing Radio Network, Sirius XM Satellite Radio) and on HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports.
National Sporting Library, Middleburg, Va., May 2015: "Historic Houndophiles." See release here.
Keeneland Library Lecture Series, Lexington, Ky., April 2015: "The Iroquois Hunt: A Bluegrass Foxhunting Tradition." See release here.
Jack Jouett House, Versailles, Ky., June 2015: "The Thoroughbred in Early Kentucky." See release here.
University of Kentucky Equine Programs Advisory Committee member
Retired Racehorse Project board member, 2014-2015.
Clear Creek Beagles member
Hound Welfare Fund - Co-founder and executive committee member
Audubon Society member
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds member