Whether she’s zooming across the Oregon desert in an F-15, exploring the inside of a steaming volcano or travelling behind prison bars for exclusive interviews, Shirley’s curiosity about “practically everything” and love for adventure drives a long career in PR, journalism and content creation.
The Emmy nominated reporter and anchor covered the news for 25 years, nearly 20 of those at the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon where she showcased the abilities to listen well, understand complicated issues and quickly craft compelling, factual stories. Those stories earned awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Oregon Broadcasters’ Association and the Champion International First Place Award for Economic Reporting. Her PR clients appear in top publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Sunset Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times and London Times. Her team’s Kows for Kids campaign nabbed a top award from the Public Relations Society of America.
Shirley is a contributor to the ADDY Award winning and Maggie Award finalist, 1859 Magazine, where her profile writing was noticed and included in the Oxford University Press book, How Writing Works. She served as Ambassador for the Portland Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade, March of Dimes and Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. When not writing, Shirley serves on the boards for the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications, University of Oregon Alumni Association and the Salvation Army where she co-founded the Emerging Leaders Council. Most important, Shirley is a proud mother of three great humans — all third generation University of Oregon Ducks, and lives in Portland with her husband and their ancient cat, Petals.