I have a passion for problem-solving. A nomadic childhood, moving from country to country, sparked my interest in systems and solutions, leading to a BA in Politics and a Masters in International Affairs. After freelance writing and editing for the Economist Magazine Group I segued into longer-format television news, with CBS' 60 Minutes. There I honed my research and writing skills, working with seven producers and four correspondents to inform, educate and entertain. Don Hewitt's mantra, "Tell me a story", has stayed with me ever since.
I wanted to transition to documentaries so I moved to ABC News Productions, a unit responsible for creating hour-long pieces for Discovery, Discovery Health, A&E and Biography. I also worked for MaryMurphy and Company on a PBS American Masters film and book about Harper Lee.
My latest project is a self-funded, independent documentary about the crisis in EMS, titled Honorable but Broken. It has been an epic journey getting across the finish line. Navigating funding, social media, marketing and distribution had a steep learning curve but the grassroots support, from an EMS community in a desperate state, was phenomenal. They are so grateful that someone is finally telling their story. Securing Sarah Jessica Parker as narrator could not have come at a better time.
We have shown the film in Congress and will use it to continue the fight for legislative change across the country. Advocacy through film draws on all of my skills and experiences to date. For me, it is problem-solving at its most creative.