Credit: My illustrated portrait is by Mitsuru Dogakinai.

As the Social Media Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, I am one of the driving forces behind the Travel Wisconsin brand. November 2020 marks one year with #TeamTourism and I am right where I want to be — helping consumers find the Wisconsin journeys that help them make memories, big and small.

After 5 brilliant years as a journalist in Tokyo and an English teacher in rural Japan, I am now based in Madison, WI. Through my journey as a newspaper reporter in Wisconsin then to Japan and back, I’ve realized that my deepest passions are to create and promote content across a range of genres and platforms. I also live for finding ways to connect people to it and through it.

I have been creating distinct, award-winning content for the companies I work for, and now I am really enjoying advising and writing for clients and individuals to curate engaging media for their audiences.

A little more about me

  • I love to travel and have been to 33 of Japan’s 47 prefectures.
  • I transitioned from teaching in rural Japan to an English Media company in Tokyo called GPlusMedia — a part of Fujisankei Communications Group, which is the largest media brand in Japan. In 2018, I was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of GaijinPot Travel, and we won a Japan Tourism Award.
  • As a reporter and editor for 10+ years, I have learned to observe how others created change in their communities and want to follow suit with the media I contribute to the world.
My Philosophies
  • Engagement isn’t just more clicks; it’s connecting a community. In an age where technology makes it easier to be in lost in one’s own perspective, journalists empower readers with knowledge that’s outside their immediate lives but still affects how they see and interact with the world.
  • Kindness counts.

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