Journalism is a second career for Ann, who began her professional life in new product development for American companies expanding their business overseas, when she lived in several countries in Europe and Latin America. She is a Durango native who joined The Durango Herald in her mid-40s as the Neighbors columnist in 2000 and enjoys helping to build community by reporting on the nonprofit, service club and human interest stories in La Plata County. In 2004, she became a full time staff writer and columnist. She is proud to be on the obituary beat, helping families tell the life stories of people connected to Southwest Colorado who have died. Wearing many hats, she also covers the weather and breaking news as well as writing features for the Religion Page and other parts of the paper. She was one of many members of the Herald staff who contributed to the Herald's Sigma Xi Award for coverage of the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002 and also won a Colorado Press Association Award for first place for sustained coverage about a proposed Health Services District in 2007 with several reporting colleagues.Ann enjoys reading, playing bridge and Scrabble and exploring the history and natural wonders of Southwest Colorado.

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