Consumer & Investigative Reporter
As an on-camera consumer and investigative reporter I was honored with two-time Emmy Awards, The Edward R. Murrow Award, The Mark Twain Associated Press Award and two National Headliners. From 2000 to 2008, I was the chief consumer reporter for CBS 5 in San Francisco, where I started and built the ConsumerWatch unit and
Volunteer Hotline. These money-saving and consumer protection segments became the backbone to my 30-minute consumer show, The Real Deal. This Emmy nominated show ran for 7 years on CBS 5 and is the recipient of 8 Press Club Awards for Best Program. Consumer Action honored me with the Award of Excellence for my work.
After a 3 year, in-depth investigation into the wireless industry, the Attorney General of California ordered certain carriers to pay back California consumers money owed to them as well as a large fine to the state. This story aired on "30 Minutes" created by Don Hewitt. Additionally, "Liar Loans" which predicted the housing meltdown in the Bay Area aired on "30 Minutes".
As a guest contributor for The Today Show, as well as other network shows, I continue to share with viewers how to be a savvier consumer. For 4 years, I was the money contributor for the Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Show. While on the nationally syndicated "Better Show" I was the money-saving contributor for 5 years. As a contributing on-camera reporter and producer for USA Today and their video network, I covered The Gold Star Wives being denied benefits. For this two-part series, I was honored at The House of Representative in Washington D.C. with the 2014 Award of Excellence.
2 Emmy Awards
The Edward R. Murrow Award
Associated Press Award
Mark Twain Award
Consumer Action National Media Award
11 San Francisco Press Club Awards
2 National Headliner Awards
Nautilus Gold Medal Book Award
Congressional Award of Excellence (presented by the Gold Star Wives)
I have been a columnist for MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal Sunday, AARP, The Huffington Post, The Street and Better Homes & Gardens.
The goal of each column is to educate readers on how to better protect themselves as consumers, save money and create a savvier lifestyle. My work as an on-camera contributor to The Wall Street Journal Digital Network and WSJ Radio focused on consumer protection.
I co-authored "Raising Baby Green," recipient of the Nautilus Gold Medal Book Award and The Library Journal.
In 2008, I founded Real Deal Productions. Since then, along with a team of media professionals, I have produced hundreds of projects for private clients, corporations and network TV. Our multi-award winning team has won several national awards including several Press Club and Telly Awards. One of our specialties is focusing on Day in the Life videos for numerous law firms and their clients.
In 2011, I wrote and produced my first short documentary "From Hell to Heaven" which focused on the dedicated people working for change in the world of human trafficking. The film debut at the Bay Area Women in Film Festival.