Membership Directory
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About ASJA
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's leading organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of more than 1,100 outstanding freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing, each of whom has met ASJA's exacting standards of professional achievement.  • To its members, ASJA offers extensive benefits and services focusing on professional development, including regular confidential market information, meetings with editors and others in the field, an exclusive referral service, seminars and workshops, discount services and, above all, the opportunity for members to explore professional issues and concerns with their peers.  • To independent writers, ASJA is a primary voice in representing freelancers' interests, serving as spokesman for their right to control and profit from uses of their work in the new media and otherwise. Join us.   To editors and others, ASJA offers ready access to writers proven in the marketplace, capable of producing articles, books, brochures and scripts on any imaginable subject. Click here for ASJA's Freelance Writer Search.   To the entire publishing community, ASJA brings leadership in establishing professional and ethical standards, and in recognizing and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in nonfiction writing. ASJA headquarters are in New York City. The Society has active regional chapters in Northern and Southern California, the Rocky Mountain area, and Washington, DC.


Members of the Northern California Chapter of ASJA include:

Donna Albrecht
Dr. Stevanne Auerbach
Janet Bailey
Howard Baldwin
June Bell
John J. Berger, Ph.D.

Molly Blake
Michael Bowker
Gordon Burgett
Bob Cooper


Donna Albrecht is an award-winning freelancer and author who specializes in writing articles and books that help people get the information they want and need to improve the quality of their life. Her articles have been published in a wide range of magazines including Entrepreneur (columnist), Ms., Modern Maturity, Workforce, Writer’s Digest, Quest, Exceptional Parent, and special sections of the Los Angeles Times. Her work includes six books targeting health, real estate, small businesses, and faith. They are published by major houses including Wiley, Berkley, and Prentice Hall.

Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, known as Dr.Toy™, an expert in child development, psychology, education, play and toys selects and evaluates the newest, best,developmentally appropriate educational, creative and active toys, games and other products for varied Dr. Toy’s  product award programs. She is the author of 15 books, most recently Dr. Toy's Smart Play: How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. (Play Quotient) published in 12 countries. She authors articles on parenting, play and toys for local, national and international publications.  Dr. Toy responds as an expert to journalists and authors, and assists students and others in toy design and related programs. She created Dr. Toy’s Guide ( the first web site on toys on the internet. She speaks at parent and professional meetings. 

Janet Bailey ( is author of The Great San Francisco Trivia & Fact Book. She writes about travel, health, psychology, and design for magazines including Travel & Leisure, Reader's Digest, Robb Report, Health, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal and Woman's Day, and has been the mind/body columnist for Glamour and the health columnist for Good Housekeeping. Janet speaks to association audiences, teaches business writing skills in corporate settings, and coaches creative professionals who struggle with where their time is going. She blogs at MindfulTimeManagement and can be reached at

Howard Baldwin writes for corporate and trade publications both in print and online. His work spans a variety of topics and industries, including management, finance, technology, health care, professional services, and others. While he began his journalism career as a travel writer, between 1987 to 2002, he worked at a variety of publications targeting business and technology, including PC Computing, Macworld, and Corporate Computing. He has written about everything from games to mainframes and the chips that run them. His corporate clients include American Express, Cadence Design Systems, Cisco Systems, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Research in Motion, and Symantec. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife, a physician, and their five cats.

June D. Bell
writes about intriguing ideas, legal issues, noteworthy people and popular culture trends for magazines, newspapers and journals across the country. Her writing has appeared in The National Law Journal, Parenting, The Dallas Morning News, Relish and alumni magazines for Harvard, Barnard, Cornell and others. Her website is Contact her at

John J. Berger, Ph.D., has written, edited, or co-authored a dozen books. His publishers include Knopf, Doubleday, Holt, and University of California Press.  His journalistic work has appeared in Audubon, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Omni, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Nation, Newsweek,  and The Village Voice, plus anthologies, book clubs, foreign editions, and syndication. He has been a consultant on energy and natural resources to Fortune 500 companies and government, scientific, academic, and nonprofit organizations, including the U.S. Congress and the National Academy of Sciences.  A graduate of Stanford University, he has a master’s in energy and natural resources from UC, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in ecology from UC, Davis. His website is, and his email address is


Molly  Blake is a Palo Alto-based freelance writer specializing in military families. Her work has appeared in The New York Times AtWar Blog, USAA Magazine, Sunset, Inc.Com, CNN, Military Spouse Magazine and various other national and regional publications.  Molly is also the Managing Editor for Blue Star Families. She and her husband, who recently retired after serving 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, have two daughters. For more information, visit

Michael Bowker specializes in narrative non-fiction about the sometimes inspiring, sometimes illegal, but always compelling things people do. He has written 12 books, more than 1,000 magazine articles and about 200 speeches for the Mayor of Los Angeles.  (He agrees with those who say politics are served best with a side order of humor.)  He has served as contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times, Executive Editor of Kele Books, and Managing Editor of Hispanic Business Magazine (cir. one million).  His books include the best-selling Playing From the Heart and Fatal Deception. Several of his dramas for Reader's Digest were turned into television movies. He has written for Outside, The New York Times, OMNI, Islands, Wildlife Conservation, and every major daily newspaper in California.  His Web site is and you can reach him at 

Gordon Burgett helps writers, speakers, publisher, and product developers with niche publishing, ancillary publishing, and empire-building. (See more at That is also the theme of his monthly newsletter —free subscription and reports — and his blog. Gordon has also given 2000+ paid spoken presentations nationwide, written 39 published books and 1,700+ freelance magazine and newspaper articles, and is the owner and director of two publishing firms. His most recent book is How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days. Gordon is also the Executive Editor of . Contact him at

Bob Cooper has been a full-time freelance writer since 1993, specializing in health, travel and outdoor sports. In addition to being a Contributing Editor for Runner's World since 1993, he has been a regular contributor to Men’s Journal, Men's Fitness, Vim & Vigor, Experience Life and the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. Recent articles of his have also appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Best Life, Backpacker, Bicycling, Shape and Spa. He has received two ASJA awards: the 2005 Making A Difference Award and the 2008 Outstanding Service Article Award. Prior to becoming a freelancer, he was executive editor of Running Times Magazine. He has also written two running guidebooks. He lives in Marin County, California, and can be reached at or via


Marie Faust Evitt is author of the newly released early childhood curriculum book Thinking BIG, Learning BIG: Connecting Science, Math, Literacy and Language in Early Childhood (Gryphon House). A preschool teacher, Marie gives workshops for teachers and parents demonstrating how to use large-scale activities to engage children while meeting national science, math and literacy standards. Marie’s articles and essays on education, parenting, and child psychology have been published in national magazines and on websites including Newsweek, Parents, Child, Parenting, Scholastic’s Parent & Child,, and Family Fun. Marie lives in Mountain View, California. She can be reached at

Deborah Grossman is a Bay Area journalist whose specialty is writing about people and places that craft unique wine and food. Deborah seeks out behind-the-scenes stories on cultural trends and innovations in the food, beverage and hospitality world. Her publication credits also include Wine Enthusiast, the San Francisco Chronicle, Santé, Food Arts, Wine Business Monthly, Wines & Vines, and Flavor & the Menu magazine. She wrote a monthly dining column for Diablo, the magazine of the East Bay for five years and is a contributor to Napa Sonoma magazine. Deborah is the author of Goldie and Me, a book about freedom, family and friendship through the lens of poetry. She also edits cookbooks and marketing books. For a taste of her writing, visit or email

Anne Hart
is the author of 90 paperback books. Hart specializes in nutrition journalism, wise traditions in food, and creativity enhancement in writing. She holds a graduate degree. Hart's topics explore tailoring whole foods to individual needs. Her favorite hobby is exploring music as a healing tool. Hart is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and Mensa. Contact:

Gayle Keck writes about travel and food - preferably both at the same time. The Lowell Thomas Award winner has sipped fermented mare’s milk in Kyrgyzstan, dug for truffles in Italy, crafted wine at Napa Valley’s “Crush Camp” and munched her way through every continent except Antarctica, which seems far too focused on frozen food. Gayle has written for Gourmet, National Geographic Traveler, GQ, Islands, Executive Traveler, ForbesLife Executive Woman, Four Seasons, VIA, 360 and AARP The Magazine. She’s a frequent contributor to the Washington Post where she created a monthly column on travel magazines; her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, New Orleans Times-Picayune and other major newspapers. Her stories have been selected for the anthologies Best Travelers’ Tales 2004 and Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She also blogs at

Patricia Kutza
is a Vallejo-based business, technology and lifestyle writer. She crafts features, white papers, company profiles and advertorials for national and regional  print and electronic outlets. Her publication credits include BCC Research Reports, Terrain, San Joaquin, Executive Traveler, Prosper, Comstock, Acura Style, Bay Area Kids, California Technology and Family Business magazines. Access her latest venture, a hyperlocal blog, here. Contact her at:

Robin Meadows is an award-winning freelance science writer and editor specializing in conservation and the environment. She is a regular contributor to California Agriculture, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and PLoS Biology, and has also written for Audubon, ChemMatters, Conservation, Ecosystem Marketplace, Environmental Health Perspectives, Muse, Nature, the San Francisco Chronicle and Smithsonian Zoogoer, among others. Robin previously wrote the Journal Watch section of Conservation magazine, news tips based on the journal Conservation Biology, and the newsletter of the University of California Toxic Substances Research&Teaching Program. She also edited the California Native Grasslands Association’s Guide to Native Grasslands. Robin has graduate degrees in biology and science communication, and enjoys hiking and gardening with native plants. Visit her at

Travel writer Carole Terwilliger Meyers ( is the author of 19 books, including the newly released 9th edition of Weekend Adventures in San Francisco & Northern California. She is also an active freelance writer — FamilyFun, Sunset, and are among her credits — and writes four blogs, including Travels with Carole and Webcam Traveler.  Carole has been quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and has been a featured guest on the Today Show. She lives in Berkeley, CA and can be contacted at

NC-ASJA President D. Patrick Miller is a widely published magazine writer and independent publisher, and the author of ten books from Viking, Henry Holt, Random House, Hay House, and his own imprint of Fearless Books. His most recent titles are
Living with Miracles: A Common-Sense Guide to ‘A Course in Miracles’ (Tarcher/Penguin) and The Way of Forgiveness (Fearless Books). Besides his own writing, Miller has helped scores of authors prepare their books for publication through his editing and literary consultation service, Fearless Literary. He lives in Napa, CA and can be contacted via e-mail at

Katie Morell
is a San Francisco-based writer and editor specializing in business, travel and general interest topics. Her credits include Hemispheres, USA TODAY, The Writer, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Crain's Chicago Business, and Chicago Tribune, among others. For more information, visit

Ageless sexuality advocate Joan Price ( is the author of Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex — winner Outstanding Self-Help Book 2012 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and 2012 Book Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists — and Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty. She has also written five books and about 1,000 articles about health and fitness. Visit her zesty, award-winning blog about sex and aging at Email Joan at

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin is the New York Times bestselling author of Carved In Sand:When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife (Harper Collins 2006, paperback 2008).  In her thirty-year journalism career, her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including O and the New York Times Magazine.  For more information, visit

Linda Riebel writes nonfiction for academic and general audiences. A psychologist, she originally specialized in eating disorders and published two books and numerous professional articles in the field, and served on the editorial boards of several journals. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is on the faculty of Saybrook University, where for 15 years she taught academic writing. Recent work focuses on food and the environment. Her book The Earth-Friendly Food Chain (2010), for a general audience, guides readers through the labyrinth of the green food marketplace. Currently experimenting with fiction, Linda loves the English language and fiercely defends it from the creeping tide of illiteracy. She lives in Lafayette and perpetrates excellent freelance editing. Write her at

Ed Robertson is an award-winning author, journalist and ghostwriter whose specialties include entertainment, media, memoirs and biography. His books on television history include Thirty Years of The Rockford Files, while his articles on TV appear in The New York Times, The Wave Magazine, Media Life Magazine and other venues. Ed has also collaborated on such titles as Voice of Reason by National Radio Hall of Fame nominee Ronn Owens; The Ethics of Star Trek, which he co-authored with Indiana State University professor Judith Barad; and the memoirs Unfulfilled Dreams and Keep on Keeping On. Ed has appeared on more than 200 radio and TV programs, including Biography, Showbiz Today and Entertainment Tonight. In addition, he co-hosts TV Confidential, a radio show that takes listeners behind the scenes of all aspects of television. Email Ed at

Journalist and author Suzanne Rodriguez writes about travel, food, wine, people, business, and technology. Her articles have appeared in Gourmet, Woman’s World, Bride’s, First For Women, TravelAge West, Relish, and most major U. S. newspapers. Her most recent book, Wild Heart: A Life — about a prominent literary salonist in 1920s Paris — was published by HarperCollins/Ecco. She is Executive Editor of, and likes to blog about food ( and travel ( Suzanne lives in the town of Sonoma, California, where she seems to have developed an unexpected passion for gardening (especially growing her own tomatoes). To reach her, drop a note to

Laura Del Rosso is a journalist and author specializing in travel and the travel industry. A longtime bureau chief for Travel Weekly, the country's leading travel trade publication, she is currently a freelance writer and contributing editor to Travel Weekly. She has written for a variety of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury-News, The Boston Herald and many trade magazines. Laura is the author of Great Escapes: Northern California, published in 2008 by The Countryman Press. The book features 30 chapters of ideas for weekend getaways and day trips, including hotel, restaurant and activity suggestions. Laura's blog,, focuses on her travels in Northern California. She has two sites, and Laura lives in San Francisco and can be reached at

Judith J. Semas is a full-time writer with 17 years of experience, one book and upwards of 650 articles published in more than 200 markets, including: Magazines, newspapers, books and Web sites; Consumer, trade and university publications; International, national and regional periodicals; Corporate and academic journals, reports/publications; and Subscription and association newsletters. As a freelance journalist, she has written features and news stories about diverse topics from textiles to technology...electric personalities to electric cars...holding companies to holding hands...microbes to zip unions to labor unions...lifestyles to care to teddy bears...commercial banks to combat tanks...and more. Find examples of her published work at along with a detailed resume, complete publication record and client recommendations.

Denise Marie Siino
is an author and freelance journalist with three books and over 100 articles to her name, including numerous pieces published with the Los Angeles Times.  Her work has taken her to numerous destinations throughout the U.S. and Colombia, S.A.  A native Californian, she currently lives on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband.  When she is not writing, she enjoys hiking, knitting, playing classical guitar, and driving her MG roadster on the country roads near her home.  Also a PR and marketing specialist, Denise has written hundreds of press releases representing fellow writers.


Helene Vorce-Tish, former high school English and creative writing teacher, has written a wide range of articles which have appeared both nationally and internationally in magazines and newspapers. She has been a speaker for a variety of organizations related to education and has been interviewed on television shows. She has written two novels, The Wounds of Hate and Challenging the Forces of Hate and one narrative nonfiction work, Fencing with Danger. Helene’s biography is included in Who’s Who in America, 2009. She has a BA degree from Michigan State University and a MA from the University of New Mexico.

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