Hometown Hoffman, Minnesota
Birthday September 1
I spent my childhood and most of my teen years living in small towns. That's also where I fell in love with journalism, as a reporter for the Kanabec County Times in Mora, Minnesota. After spending a decade covering the communities of Lakeville and Farmington, Minnesota for the Lakeville Life & Times (gone, but not forgotten), I moved to Michigan to work for Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. Over the next five years, I won awards for breaking news coverage, editorials and columns, and filed countless stories about the people, places and events that make Farmington and Farmington Hills such a wonderful community. In late October of 2003, I married the love of my life, Brian Golden, in a simple ceremony held in our neighbor's backyard. Almost a year later, I left journalism for the world of public relations, working at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield and Oakland University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. While this was a wonderful ride, Patch lured me back to community news with a wide-open, virtual canvas and the opportunity to get back to grassroots reporting. In a way, I'm back where I started, living in the community where I work and loving the opportunity to work for my community.
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I consider myself a liberal Democrat, although I vote for people more than political parties. I prefer to learn about issues from non-partisan sources, and then come to my own conclusions, based on my personal values and beliefs. I spend a lot of time reading the St. Petersburg Times' Politifact reports and am the proud owner of two Michigan Truth Squad t-shirts and a Flip video camera, which I won as their Tipster of the Month.
After many years of learning about different faith traditions, I have come to believe we are all traveling in the same direction, only taking different routes. I was raised Lutheran, and am now a student of kabbalah and a spiritual seeker. I do my best to observe the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.
Local Hot-Button Issues
All Michigan cities and school districts face enormous financial pressures, and the challenge of recruiting and retaining strong, community-minded businesses is always at the forefront of discussions. In Farmington and Novi schools, International Baccalaureate draws praise and critics, and continues to be a controversial program.