About Me

Mrs. Mandel, a national award-winning journalist, spent more than a decade working for daily newspapers and continues to write and publish work.
After graduating from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in journalism, she worked for the Los Angeles Times, reporting and writing general assignment news stories out of Ventura County, Calif.

She later covered everything from crime to education to music for the Waterbury, Conn. Republican-American, where she most recently worked as a feature writer.
Her stories have taken her from the front-row of a Madonna concert to the icy, accident-strewn highways of Connecticut. Major events Mrs. Mandel covered include everything from the post-Sept. 11, 2001 anthrax bioterror attacks to the death of "Godfather of Soul" James Brown, with whom she conducted one of -- if not the -- last interviews he gave.

Mrs. Mandel's work earned numerous state, regional and national accolades, including first-place awards from the 
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editorsthe Society for Features Journalismthe New England Associated Press News Editors Association, the New England Press Association and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. 

Mrs. Mandel received a dean's award after completing her master's degree in secondary English education at Fairfield University. She has worked with the university's Connecticut Writing Project, overseeing a summer literacy lab in journalism in which students read, write, think about, practice and publish journalism. Her students' works there have been published in an annually produced summer newspaper, as well as in the CWP anthology, Power of Words.