I started Letters from the Maritime as an attempt to combine my passions for writing and sailing, and to promote respect for the world’s oceans. This site is for those of you who love the sea, depend upon it for your livelihood or simply want to know more about the issues affecting the maritime.

For now, it is a source for maritime news from media outlets around the world. It is my hope to expand it to include content contributed exclusively to the site by fellow writers, journalists and maritime aficionados.


I hold a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations. Before deciding to pursue a career in journalism, I worked as a paralegal in the Health Care Fraud unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, Mass. I left the legal path for an associate editor position at Houghton Mifflin Co. and then joined the staff at the Harvard School of Public Health. There I wrote for the Harvard Public Health Review.

My writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Cruising World and with ProPublica, a non-profit investigative reporting center based in New York City.

But I am a sailor, too! I hopped on a Tall Ship a few days after I graduated from Cornell, and spent the summer on Cape Rose and Grand Nellie sailing from Warwick, R.I. to Muskegon, Mich., for a Tall Ships Challenge. Now I work on
Schooner Fame out of Salem, Mass. I have also had the pleasure of sailing on Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian Navy's flagship, and on schooners Lettie G. Howard and Roseway.