I hold a Master of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University’s highly respected program in Bloomington as well as a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in journalism and English earned at Dordt College (Iowa) and Indiana University. In the decades since, I’ve attended countless lectures and workshops while learning from astute editors on the job.


IABC Gold Quill Award of Excellence, CPRS National Award of Excellence, and IABC Capital Award of Excellence (2012) for ATCO Gas: Heating Homes, Warming Communities since 1912. As part of a larger team, Theresa Agnew and I coordinated the writing, penned much of the copy and edited the entire magazine-style publication.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant, 2010, for “Josee Uwamahoro: Up From the Prison of Hate.”

YWCA Stories of Strength winner, 2010, for “Up from a Prison of Hate” in honour of International Women’s Day.

Canadian Church Press, features category, second place, 2009, for “Tar Sands Fever Threatens Edmonton Farmland.”

Outstanding Volunteer (program/project), Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, 2008.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant, 2003, for “Women Building Alberta.

Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, finalist, 2001, for “21 ideas for the 21st Century,” Alberta Venture.

International Association of Business Communicators Capital City awards, 1984-‘89.

City Digest Award, Print Publications, “Edmonton: Your City,” 1988.

Canadian Public Relations Society Awards, 1985, 1986.

Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Award, investigative reporting, 1982.

Minneapolis Tribune Award, 1981; scholarships in journalism, 1978, 1976.