Timing is everything.
Call it fate, or just great timing, but on my second day of living in St. Augustine, I saw the ad for the 450th reporter. I applied immediately — so excited that I was here just in time for this unique opportunity. After an extensive application and interview process, here I am, ready and eager to begin chronicling the 450th in all its historic glory.
After starting out in education, I changed careers to journalism in 1998. I got my first job as a news and features reporter at a weekly newspaper in Georgia where I covered everything from Civil War re-enactments to ostrich farms to homecoming queens. Soon I was promoted to the larger newspaper, the Marietta Daily Journal, as the lifestyle reporter. Here I enjoyed covering local education, entertainment, food, religion and people profiles. From there I became a staff writer for Atlanta Parent Magazine and freelanced for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In 2008, I moved to Colorado and worked as a reporter for The Mountain Mail newspaper in Salida. Later I wrote features and business articles for Boulder Magazine and Boulder Home and Garden Magazine. In-between some of these journalistic jobs. I’ve had some other fun gigs as well, such as working at two different Colorado ski resorts and a whitewater rafting company.
Travel is one of my passions, too. Some of my most exciting passport stamps include Thailand, China, Mongolia, England, Belgium, Luxembourg and Menorca, Spain. We went to Menorca (and loved it!) expressly because of its connection with St. Augustine.
My most recent adventure was joining the Peace Corps this past winter. My husband Ernie and I were assigned to serve in Ethiopia. What was supposed to be a two-year assignment was unfortunately cut short after four months, due to political/civil unrest in our area. When we returned, my husband and I decided to fulfill a dream of his to move to St. Augustine. Ernie grew up in St. Augustine and graduated from St. Joseph Academy. He always hoped to return here someday.
Well, thankfully, it is now someday.
From many previous visits, I was already in love with this town. Now we’re enjoying the transition to what we are calling “the beach phase” of our lives. Living in St. Augustine and having this opportunity to write about such a momentous celebration of the history of my new hometown is quite an honor and privilege for me. History and the people who make it fascinate me, and I am ready to discover and share these tales with our readers. Please feel free to contact me with your ideas for what you would like to see included in our coverage.