Award-winning persuasive communication


ALLSTATE CORPORATION — March, 2015-July, 2021

  • Director, Financial Communications, Executive Media and Sustainability, 2017-July 2021
  • Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, March, 2015-2017
  • Responsible for Allstate financial communications, and Sustainability reporting and strategy
  • Managed (and mentored) staff of professional communicators
  • Worked one-on-one with C-level executives
  • Published Annual Report, Sustainability Report and many news releases


  • Editorial Board, June 2010-2015. Wrote editorials, met with leading newsmakers and formulated public policy positions as a member of Tribune Editorial Board.  Hosted public events and made TV appearances.
  • Business Columnist, 2008-2010. Wrote business columns, hosted public events and made TV appearances.
  • Senior Correspondent, March 2002-2008. Wrote award-winning business stories, magazine covers and investigative projects for major metropolitan daily; Notable work includes series on the bankruptcy of United Airlines, Class Action lawsuits and 2003 Pulitzer finalist “The Fall of Andersen.” Appeared regularly on CLTV, WGN-TV, Chicago Tonight, CEO Exchange and other broadcasts; Formulated policy and wrote Tribune editorials during several months-long stints on Editorial Board. Mentored business editors and business-news staff members.
  • Associate Managing Editor/Business, Dec. 1999-March 2002; Oct. 2004-March 2005. Supervised more than 50 writers, editors, designers and other journalists; Recruited more than a dozen new staff; Trained interns, reporters and editors, including successor as business editor; Oversaw Business News, Real Estate, Transportation and Personal Finance sections; Launched Cars, Workplace and eBusiness sections; Led business coverage of 9/11; Managed 2001 newspaper redesign; Responsible for annual $3 million budget; Developed Web coverage on business topics; Conducted market research program for financial agate; Performed community outreach, including first-ever meetings between Tribune editorial staff and Chicago Network business-group for women executives; Honored in Society of American Business Editors and Writers “Best in Business;” Completed Tribune Leadership Development Program management training.
  • Tribune Staff Writer, June 1997-Nov. 1999. Financial-markets writer covering stocks, bonds, options and futures and agriculture; Wrote features on all aspects of business; Served on business-news editing desk.

BUSINESS WEEK — 1994-1997

  • Senior Correspondent in Chicago bureau. One of five journalists covering 12-state region for national newsmagazine. Specialized in finance. Wrote cover story on agribusiness titled, “The New Economics of Food.”


  • Beat reporter and business columnist. Covered retailing, financial markets and marketing, including the FBI sting at the Chicago futures exchanges and the consolidating advertising industry. Wrote “Portfolio” personal-finance column and “Biz” column on the lighter side of business events.


  • Adjunct journalism instructor at Northwestern University. Taught graduate and undergraduate classes in news writing and business reporting.
  • Contributing editor to London-based FOW magazine, a trade publication with a global circulation for the futures and options industry.
  • Launched career at Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail daily newspaper.
  • Board Member and Chair of Communications Committee at KodiakCare, a non-profit saving dogs; Sunday School Superintendent at St. James Armenian Church; Usher at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church.


  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, 1983
  • Master of Science in Journalism, 1984
  • Sigma Delta Chi, Merit Scholarship


  • Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
  • Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award
  • National Headliner Award for business reporting
  • Lead writer for SABEW Best in Business Award
  • Tribune Beck Award; Headline Club Lisagor Award

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