Hi, I’m Shannon. I’m an award-winning writer with more than two decades of experience in the communications industry, working for 10 years at the Orlando Sentinel and Detroit Free Press before moving to higher education communications and freelance writing.
During my decade of newspaper work, I identified and interviewed sources, met daily deadlines and learned to craft pieces that stayed with readers long after they finished the story. As a sports writer, I also reported live from some of the world’s most high-profile sporting events — a Super Bowl, two men’s basketball Final Fours, a Rose Bowl, the Daytona 500 and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
From live event coverage to features, I can deliver a well-reported story, whether it’s a profile of a new coach or a multi-sourced health article with a human-interest element. My portfolio also includes personal essays and articles with nuanced takes on culture, history, education, politics, travel, parenting, health, beauty and fashion.
Sometimes my best stories combine all of the above. I’ve written articles about sports-related travel and style trends among athletes. I’ve also discovered little-known ethnic history museums large metropolitan centers and explored the history of local schools serving as sites for community and political activism. I also ponder what it all means for my two sons, and children like them growing up in Generation Z with Gen X and Millennial parents.
I’m a daughter of the Midwest, born and raised in Detroit with collegiate stops in East Lansing, Michigan, and Chicago. After a stint in Florida, I’ve settled in Southwest Ohio between Dayton and Cincinnati. My wanderlust has taken me to far-flung locales, but some of the best stories can be found in my own backyard. Let me share them with you.