Hi, I’m Maria.

I try to visit a new country every year and wander in the woods at least once a season. Nothing makes me want to write more than a cathedral of trees.

17621722_10209281918460579_4768404638453764816_oI started out writing novels in little lock-up diaries when I was about 8, and eventually got a gig writing about beer at a major newspaper in South Florida. It took about 14 years.

I’ve been a reporter, producer and editor for the better part of a decade, but I got into journalism because my whole life, I’ve been a writer.

These days I’m a podcast producer and consultant, and I’m working on a collection of short stories. I just got off a public media wild ride covering politics and immigration. Here are some of my favorite projects and stories.

The through line of all my work is my interest in people. I hope my writing and reporting can be educational — for me and for others — about the way people live and feel, and about the way reality is different depending on where (and how) you live.

I’m available for writing, editing, reporting and audio production work. Get at me.