Bachelor, Pomona College, 1987; MJ, University of California, Berkeley, 1991.
Freelance writer, Newsday, New York City, 1989-1991; freelance writer, San Francisco Chronicle, 1989-1991; freelance writer, San Francisco Focus magazine, 1991-1992; general assignment reporter, San Francisco Chronicle, 1991-1992; city hall bureau chief, San Francisco Chronicle, 1992-1994; assistant city editor, San Francisco Chronicle, 1994-1996; investigative reporter, San Francisco Chronicle, since 1996; freelance writer, Mother Jones magazine, 1997. Freelance writer San Francisco Focus Magazine, Mother Jones Magazine.
Mentor San Francisco State University, 1994-1996. Mentor, volunteer San Francisco Unified School District, since 1995. Volunteer San Francisco Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals, since 1996.
Member Investigative Reporters and Editors, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, Journalism & Women's Symposium.