Hi. I’m LeeAnne.

At various points in my life, I wanted to be: an astronaut, an undercover police officer, an art director, a cupcake baker, a young-adult novelist, a professional organizer, the person who selects music for movies, and a maker of Hallmark cards. Pretty much everything. So I became a journalist—and now I write about everything.

After 12 years as an editor at a regional lifestyle magazine, I left full-time work to become a freelance writer (and WAHM) in 2014. When it comes to writing, I’m known for my versatility, but I’m most at home covering interesting people, Instagram-worthy eats, and arts and entertainment. My work can be found in Diablo, Via, Rhapsody, Sacramento, Napa Sonoma, Crochet Today, and APU Life magazines.

My favorite assignments are those that align with my personal interests, such as interviewing Food Network star Ayesha Curry and Game of Thrones linguist David Peterson, perfecting my slice and dice in a knife skills class, and connecting every East Bay–bred television actor to Andy Samberg in six degrees or less. I also greatly welcome deep dives into new-to-me worlds, like hanging out in the (mildly creepy) office of a museum taxidermist, pelting rotten tomatoes at hundreds of strangers in a Tomato Battle, and facing my fear of spiders on a Tarantula Trek.

As an editor, I love a challenge: turning “meh” drafts into “wow” stories, developing unique and multifaceted features, and tackling copyfitting and caption writing with neurotic perfectionism. And my background in graphic design gives me a great eye for composition and consistency.

Outside of work, I enjoy watching movies in the theater, playing complicated board games, trying new restaurants and recipes, wearing obnoxiously printed socks, road-tripping around the western United States, buying copious amounts of scrapbooking supplies (but rarely scrapbooking), and hanging with my husband and our two adorable but destructive toddlers.