My new job as senior staff writer at the Business Record marks a downtown Des Moines homecoming. It’s good to be back.
Most of my professional career has unfolded in this booming and increasingly hip collection of offices, residences, art installations, government buildings, riverfront trails and entertainment districts.
I reported for The Des Moines Register for 32 years, covering suburban governments, Polk County, the city of Des Moines, metro development, Capital Crossroads, transportation, and environment and agriculture, among other topics. Fellowships took me to Brazil, Rwanda, Panama, Belize and Mexico.
I worked at both the International Reporting Project and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. I also spent time at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.
I also spent a year serving as editorial director at Grinnell College. While there, I worked as the editor of the alumni magazine, and wrote and edited material for the Web, internal communications, annual reports and other publications.
I’m from Ames originally, and traveled all the way across town to attend Iowa State University. I have a journalism degree from Iowa State with a minor in environmental studies. I have been known to cheer for the Cyclones sports teams. Like my boss, Chris Conetzkey, I once served as sports editor of the Iowa State Daily. Then my professors pushed me toward what they considered more serious subject matter.
I look forward to making new acquaintances and renewing professional contacts with many of you. Please call or email me with any story ideas you may have, news of coming events or just to say “hi.”