How in the world does a reporter journalist document hundreds of articles over a long career? I guess a good place to start is with Issue.com, where many of my assignments are archived.
I was a contributing editor for the suite of Lifestyles & Homes magazines for eight years. After a long run, the parent company, Fort Bend Publishing, closed its doors. Honestly, I wish I had kept the physical magazines in which my work appeared (but that would fill a closet). Thankfully, the articles are available digitally, spanning many years.
Reporter Journalist for The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes
I ran across the May 2016 issue of The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes — a beautiful edition captured here. My work was featured twice: 1.) an interview with Congressman Kevin Brady and 2.) an exquisite bridal piece.
I “think” at least one of my articles ran in the five Fort Bend Publishing magazines every single month. I was a busy reporter journalist for The Woodlands lifestyles & Homes, Houston Lifestyles & Homes, Katy Lifestyles & Homes, CyFair Lifestyles & Homes, and Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes.
Journalism isn’t necessarily a lucrative career, but it sure is fun and fast-paced. Interviewing the most interesting people in Texas (and nationally too) enabled me to expand my skills as a writer. At the same time I was chasing stories, I was also editing and ghostwriting books. What a wonderful experience, fulfilling multiple roles and wearing many hats within the world of words.
I feel blessed to have had so many opportunities to ply my trade as a reporter journalist, and I hope the 200,000+ readership across five magazines enjoyed my work. I’m sharing some screen grabs from the Congressman Kevin Brady article and the wedding article, but you can read the entire interview on Issue.com.
Bridal and Wedding Editor
I “think” Ive written more than 60 (possibly 70) bridal editorials for Fort Bend Publishing. One happened to appear in the same Issue.com edition as the Congressman.
I absolutely love all things bridal! There is nothing happier than a wedding, especially the weddings I covered. It was up to me to find the couples and snag the interviews. Brides and grooms with fabulous photography made the top of the list.
It isn’t a matter of budget that makes a bridal piece noteworthy. It’s the unique elements that set the venues (and vows) apart. This particular wedding certainly qualified as unique — two ceremonies across two cultures.
As you can see from some of the screenshots, this was an interesting co-mingling of family and friends. The readers learned something about Indian customs and how a bride created two visions in one union. Absolutely spectacular, and I’m sure you’ll agree.