About



EDUCATION
M.A., summa cum laude, Drake University: Journalism & Mass Communication
B.A., magna cum laude, Central College: Mass Communications & English

CAREER
Journalist covering human rights, social and criminal justice, health, wellness and other topics as assigned. Empathic interviewer able to quickly gain trust with individuals experiencig or recounting traumatic events. Proficient in longform, standard news and magazine writing. 

Pandemic staff, The New York Times: In 2020 and ’21, I was part of a reporting group that collected data and wrote dozens of articles about the devastating and often overlooked spread of the coronavirus in the nation’s prisons, jails and immigration detention centers. I’m honored to have shared The New York Times’ 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for that work.

Stringer, The New York Times: Covering breaking news as well as politics, culture, public health and human rights.

Senior editor, Meredith Corporation: Managed publications on parenting, health and home ownership

Copy editor, Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications

Staff writer/reporter, The Pella Chronicle and The Record-Herald and Indianola Tribune 

SEMINARS
The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida
Educational inequality in America

Drake University, Des Moines
Web writing and video production

The Power of Narrative journalism conference , Boston University
Ethics, reporting

Iowa Writers’ Workshop Summer Writing Festival, University of Iowa
Biography writing, scene setting

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, University of North Texas
Reporting 

The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
Longform narrative nonfiction

MEMBERSHIPS
Society of Professional Journalists

INTERESTS
Surfing & paddling
Hiking
Weightlifting

RECOMMENDATIONS

“Ann writes with a poignancy and power that few writers master. Her depth of understanding of subjects is unmatched. She understands the ancient art of storytelling and employs it in modern day with modern tools.”

                                                           —Mike Mitchell, Social Media Strategist, The Stelter Company

Ann is an ultra-creative editor and wordsmith.  I have worked with her in countless brainstorming situations where she is clearly a visionary.”

                         —Lisa Holderness Brown, editorial manager and former editor, Ladies’ Home Journal

“Ann is a passionate explorer and a masterful storyteller.  I had the privilege of working with her on several feature articles for Blue magazine, to which she brought her curiosity, her dogged pursuit of the story, and her engaging narrative style. The end result was always a unique experience accessible to our diverse readership.

“The process along the way—the research, the communication, the flexibility and agility, the professionalism, the collaboration, the accountability—was always a partnership valued by this grateful editor.

“I sometimes fear good journalism is dying. Then Ann reminds me it’s not.”

                                                               —Beth Wilson, editor, Drake University’s Blue magazine