Writing Portfolio

Working in public relations is my main job but I always find time to write about topics that I'm interested in. Below are samples of my work. Pitch me stories (not clients!) via the contact form.

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Munchies: The Twisted Reason Why We Love Restaurants that Treat Us Like Crap

It turns out that we're all gluttons for punishment.


Tasting Table: A Cheat Sheet to Chicago's Best Breweries

From Michelin-starred brewpubs to a warehouse also distilling single-malt whiskey

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The Independent: How Netflix’s increasing use of foreign language content is helping to fight xenophobia

From Narcos to Altered Carbon, the streaming service is finally making moves to cater to a global audience


Tasting Table: 5 Chicago Speakeasies Worth Stumbling Around For

From an underground circus den to a members-only hideaway


Gastro Obscura: How to Sell a $300 Chocolate Bar

Follow the wine playbook.


Tasting Table: 5 Chicago Restaurants That Are Perfect for Winter

Each of these places has it all: a great menu, warm ambiance and a view to boot.


VICE: How La Virgen de Guadalupe Became an Icon

On the anniversary of her first appearance, we look at the evolution of the symbol that has special resonance for Mexican people.


Atlas Obscura: The Many Treats Inside Chicago’s Piñata Emporium

Every two weeks, Dulcelandia imports thousands of products from Mexico.


Entrepreneur: Archive of business, marketing and career profiles

Read through on how to maximize business strategies from various experts.


BITCH: What Lady Killers in Pop Culture Teach Us About Ourselves

Analyzing women in pop culture and the trope, and frequency, of portraying them as a victim. The topic is pegged to Tori Telfer's Lady Killers. 


Atlas Obscura: The Sweet Secrets of a Fifth-Generation Sugar Skull Maker

Elvira Mondragón Garcia’s products range from the size of a gum ball to a human head.


Style Me Pretty: Archive on trends in weddings, events, livings and style.

Read through various wedding and living topics from experts such as Gail Simmons and Erin Oprea (Carrie Underwood's trainer). 


Tales of the Cocktail: Taking a Political Stance in Your Bar Can Be Risky, But the Payoff Can Be Well Worth It

Some places find that talking it out is a good thing for staff and patrons alike.


Business Insider: How I Survived A Layoff And Found A New Job In A Matter Of Days

Getting laid-off was a blessing in disguise.


Forbes: How I Found Career-Changing Mentors

This is one of the first articles that helped me understand how writing helps my pitching.


Food52: Day of the Dead in a Spread

Dia de los Muertos is a food holiday. Here's how the two are intertwined.


Chicago Sun-Times: The Gift of a Funny Name Like Obama

An op-ed on what Obama's presidency has meant to me.

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Refinery29: Archive of celebrity and wellness articles.

Interviews with salsa king Marc Anthony, Beyonce's dance captain and how to survive buckram yoga.


HuffPost: Archive of articles on cultural topics

Includes the viral "How An Obama Cut-Out Is Helping Me Survive A Trump Presidency"

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PR News: 6 Crisis Communications Tips To Help You Spot Impending Problems

Here are some procedures to build an infrastructure that prepares you to monitor and use social media during crisis communication.


PR Daily: Harry Potter, yoga and beer: A magical PR and marketing spell

A how-to guide on how we made Harry Potter Yoga work worldwide.