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Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Birthday: July 18
I came to Patch after a long career in print journalism, first at a chain of community weeklies in Ohio, then at daily newspapers in Washington, D.C., and Florida.
Since earning a B.A. in Journalism at The Ohio State University, I have covered pretty much everything, which includes cops and courts, sports, features, health, parenting, business, food and pop culture. To get a story, I have flown in a zero-gravity plane, chased down celebrities, pushed my way through locker rooms and spent a day in jail.
I met my husband, also a journalist, while covering a college basketball game. We live in south Reston with our son Ryan, a South Lakes High School student, and two cats (including one named - no joke - Patches).
I have lived in Reston since 1997, and I have a deep interest in the people, the businesess, the schools, youth sports and whatever new restaurants are coming to the Town Center. On any day you can find me at the South Lakes Starbucks, Cafesano, Community Canteen, jogging the trail around Lake Thoreau, at Beloved Yoga or at the Ridge Heights Pool. I also blog for fun at www.snarkshelf.com.
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My beliefs: That everyone has a story to tell and that there are several sides of a story.
* How would you describe your political beliefs?
Liberal to moderate Democrat, however, working at a conservative publication for many years has given me an appreciation for a diversity of opinions and beliefs.
* How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious?
Jewish, but more interested in culture and tradition than religion.
* What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Hot button issues: I expect to spend lots of time covering the Metro coming to Reston, school budget issues, Reston Association goings-on, Town Center expansion, affordable housing.