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.

 
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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

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Tasting Table: 5 Chicago Speakeasies Worth Stumbling Around For

From an underground circus den to a members-only hideaway

 
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Gastro Obscura: How to Sell a $300 Chocolate Bar

Follow the wine playbook.

 
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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.

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

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

 
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Entrepreneur: Archive of business, marketing and career profiles

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

 
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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. 

 
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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.

 
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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). 

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
 
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Forbes: How I Found Career-Changing Mentors

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

 
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Food52: Day of the Dead in a Spread

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

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.