Who I Am

In the fall of 2011 I left the world of professional journalism to join the faculty at The Ohio State University, and it was the best move I ever made!

I started my journalism career early, crafting my first construction paper newspaper when I was 8 and working as a photographer for my father’s horse racing photography business, getting my images published in a variety of newspapers and magazines–including the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, and Sports Illustrated. I began submitting freelance articles from the age of 16, the same year I left my hometown of Capitola, Calif., to head east for college. I spent a year serving as an intern in the publicity department of the Philadelphia 76ers with the legendary Harvey Pollack before working as a reporter and editor at Montgomery Newspapers outside Philadelphia during my pursuit of a political science (journalism minor) degree at Temple University (Go Owls!).

Brian, Nicole & Danny Kraft

While at Montgomery Newspapers, I was honored to earn numerous writing awards for my coverage of government, police and personalities in such municipalities as Jenkintown, Abington, Glenside, Huntingdon Valley and Lower Moreland, and was promoted to Arts Editor of the Times Chronicle, Glenside News and The Globe newspapers.

After graduating magna cum laude, I left Montgomery Newspapers to work as press secretary for Jon D. Fox, who served as congressman for Pennsylvania’s 13th district, and coordinate numerous freelance writing opportunities. My husband, Brian, and I eventually headed back to California where I was Upvalley and Design editor, for the Napa Valley Register as well as an award-winning special projects reporter, and also became an avid California wine aficionado!

In 1995, my horse racing background combined with my journalism experiences as I was hired as associate editor of Hoof Beats magazine, published by the United States Trotting Association in Columbus, Ohio. In my 15 year tenure there, I rose to become executive editor of Hoof Beats (and led it to numerous awards, including General Excellence) as well as USTA director of communications.

Concurrent to my time at the USTA, I wrote freelance articles for numerous magazines and newspapers across North America, and served since 2004 as the professor of magazine writing at Ohio State. When I was offered a full-time position at the university in the spring of 2010, it was truly an offer I could not refuse.

I now teach four classes per quarter in the public affairs journalism program, and serve as a consultant to both the School of Communication website and the College of Veterinary Medicine. I am also an avid hockey mom to my son, Daniel, and have greatly enjoyed helping Brian publish his first book, “The Year My Dad Went Bald,” a child’s eye view of his successful fight against non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

But my home away from home is Ohio State. Whether it is working with my students, my Communication colleagues or elsewhere in the university, I love every minute!

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