Ruth has always loved writing. As a child, she looked forward to weaving her spelling words into stories. She welcomed the weekly school assignment, more like an adventure, and could not wait to share with her classmates and teacher.
An award-winning journalist and experienced writer today, Ruth still enjoys sharing the human aspect -- the human nature -- of life whether she is writing about the culture, business, education, politics or history.
Ruth enjoys writing the story behind the story -- the human aspect of the story, which is often overlooked. She prefers to conduct her interviews as conversations.
Ruth works as the director of Grants/Communications for a community action agency in south Louisiana. She is responsible for coordinating and writing grant applications for programs promoting independent living for disadvantaged populations.
She also enjoys freelancing for a state daily. Her features have placed in the Louisiana Press Association's competition.
Ruth's experience also includes serving as co-publisher and editor of an award-winning cultural magazine, Creole Magazine, in the 1990s.
Her love extends to history as well, documenting cultural and historical legacy. Ruth, who will receive her MA in Public History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was the 2015 recipient of the Jamie Guilbeau Award for Public History.
Also in 2015, Ruth presented her thesis research at the Louisiana Historical Association's Annual Meeting. In 2014, she presented it at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society's Annual Meeting. Also in 2014, she presented a creative fiction chapter at the La. Studies Conference.
Ruth has received newspaper writing/photography awards from the La. Press Association, La. Press Women Association, National Federation of Press Women, and the Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Louisiana and Mississippi.