I’m a former journalist, enthusiastic traveler and grateful mother of four young children.
I spent my childhood in an old vicarage in the English countryside, and studied science at Cambridge University before taking a job with a leading management consulting firm.
After a few years in the corporate world I grew restless, which manifested itself first in running a 140 mile ultramarathon through the Moroccan desert, and then in quitting my job to become a journalist.
From 2004 to 2007, I was a staff reporter at the Mail on Sunday (readership 6 million) in London, covering science and general news stories including murder cases in India, the world’s first face transplant and England’s most expensive sandwich.
In summer 2007, I moved to Kabul to work as a freelance reporter, writing stories on Afghanistan’s scouting movement, women’s issues and the country’s first national park, whilst teaching English to Afghanistan’s First Vice President.
I then spent fifteen months as one of two advisors to a US Government-funded Afghan counter narcotics team in southern Helmand province, living off-base and supporting the local governor’s efforts to reduce cultivation of opium poppy.
I met my husband Michael while we were colleagues in Helmand, and returned with him to his home in beautiful Washington State. Michael was elected to the State Senate in 2010.
We have four young children (and one angel baby boy), and enjoy drinking coffee and taking turns to go out running.