Bachelor in English, Journalism, California State University, Sacramento, 1982. Master of Arts in Journalism, English, California State University, Sacramento, 1992.
Reporter, copy editor The Sacramento Bee, 1983-1985. Instructor journalism California State University, Sacramento, 1984-1986, 88-89, American River College, Sacramento, 1986-1987. Sacramento Community College, 1989-1993.
Reporter United Press International, Sacramento, 1986-1988. Associate editor Sacramento Magazine, 1988-1989, editor, 1989-1992. Professor journalism and creative writing Sacramento City College, since 1993.
Member Sacramento Press Club (board directors 1990-1992), Society Professional Journalists.
Married Clifford Polland, December 17, 1983.