Hi. I'm Pat.

Like most kids, I imagined a lot of career possibilities while I was growing up. I’m sure ballerina was in there somewhere. Then, at 17, I walked in the door of my hometown newspaper, the News-Press in Ft. Myers, Fla., and thought, “This is the coolest place in the whole world.”

Right then, I knew I wanted to be a journalist. Nothing else even came close.

A lot of years have passed since I dictated articles to the copy desk from a pay phone after late-night school board meetings. I left newspapers and went freelance in 1987. Since then, I’ve written for daily newspapers, magazines, corporations, universities, governmental agencies, trade groups and non-profit organizations.

I’ve covered the arts, parenting, health and medicine, personal finance, real estate, home improvement, and business operations, to name just a few. My assignments have taken me across the country, to the Philippines and South Africa.

Today, most of my work is for the trade press, custom publishing and the Web. I still love daily newspapers, though. Don’t even try to keep me out of a newsroom on election night.

After literally tens of thousands of assignments, one thing has remained constant. It delights me to be able to say that I’m a professional writer because my job combines all the things I patlove to do most. I get to talk to fascinating people, learn new things and write about them. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

So, thanks for visiting my Web site. You can view my resume and my client list, read some of my articles, see my latest news and check out my artisan roasted coffee.

I look forward to talking to you about your editorial needs. Let’s work together to tell some great stories.

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