Bachelor’s degree in English, Drew University; Graduate coursework in journalism, University of Texas at Austin; Graduate coursework in social work, Boston College.
Elaine’s entire career has been in journalism. She spent more than 20 years as a magazine writer and editor. Her work has appeared in a wide range of regional and national publications, including Inc., Fast Company, US News & World Report, Business Week, AARP The Magazine, The Boston Globe and many more. In 2003, she began her public radio career by spending nine months on temporary assignment as a producer for “The Connection,” a live NPR public affairs show produced at WBUR in Boston. She produced live broadcasts on a variety of topics, from the war in Iraq to conversations with arts luminaries such as composer John Williams.
In 2008, Elaine accepted the health reporter position at New Hampshire Public Radio, and regularly filled in as host for two different programs: a morning call-in show called “The Exchange,” and the interview program “Word of Mouth.”
She joined Colorado Public Radio as the senior producer of "Colorado Matters" in September, 2012. Under her leadership, the program has expanded from half an hour to an hour daily. The show was pre-recorded; it is now produced live every morning.
Elaine has received recognition for her work from several institutions. She earned fellowships from the National Institutes of Health; the Blue Cross Foundation; and the Centers for Disease Control/Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2011, Elaine won the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters’ Granite Mikes Award of Merit for “Tale of Two Brothers,” a two-part series about two brothers with cancer.
Under Elaine's direction, What is Life Worth, a 2012 "Colorado Matters" interview with Kenneth Feinberg, special master to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, earned a National Headliner Award. It also took home a first place award from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).