About



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

CAREER
Independent journalist and writer specializing in human stories. 

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

Copy editor, Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications

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

SEMINARS
Drake University
Writing for the web
Video production

The Power of Narrative, Boston University, Boston University
Ethics and skills for journalists

Iowa Writers’ Workshop Summer Writing Festival, University of Iowa
Biography and fiction writing

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference
Biography and news reporting 

The Loft Literary Center
Longform narrative nonfiction writing

MEMBERSHIPS
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Society of Professional Journalists

& MORE
Lake paddler
Urban cottage dweller
Indie music fan

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 employes 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, freelance editorial manager

“Ann is the most thorough writer I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
                                                 —Sheila Lincoln, Project Manager, Sundog Studios