Terri began her career on newspapers. Facing sexual harassment and discrimination in the field, Terri left to write her first book, and then branched into other genres: magazines; academia; public relations; script writer and editor; video producer; grant-writer; web reporter; web content developer; and analyst of media trends for corporate executives.
As a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, then-Mayor Richard J. Daley provided daily fodder for Terri’s stories in Metro and in her "Our Town" column, where she interviewed and published profiles of "average people," giving voice to their hopes, fears, frustrations and struggles. Chicago at that time was flooded with first-generation immigrants from Europe and Latin America: for Terri, their stories were a treasure trove and personal education. It was, as well, the tail-end of the Great Migration of Black Americans from southern to northern urban areas: These Chicagoans met with virulent discrimination and a city hall racism that went ignored by the all-white press. Terri wrote profiles and columns telling their powerful personal stories of trauma, courage, fear and grace. She became known as the “in-house” liberal for doing so.
Terri’s writing has appeared in The New York Times (Magazine, Week In Review, Science and Travel sections); Harpers (cover story); Ladies’ Home Journal; Redbook; The Village Voice; Columbia Journalism Review; Chicago Journalism Review; Penthouse; Signature; and other publications.
Anthologies in which her stories were republished include The Good Housekeeping Women’s Almanac; Early Childhood Education; and Adjustment and Growth: The Challenges of Life.
- Professor and chair of the department of journalism (now the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute) at New York University
- Professor and dean of the College of Communications at Penn State
Academic Medical Centers
- Director of Campaign Communications
- NYU Langone Medical Center’s $2.5 billion capital campaign for medical research.
- Weill Cornell Medical Center’s $1.3 billion capital campaign for medical research.
- DuPont. Writing Coach for public relations staff; media analyst for executives
- Ameritech. (now AT&T). Web content and design
- New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University. Video script advisor, editor, co-producer for numerous videos on mental health
- Japan Information Center. Monthly analyses of American media coverage of Japan during a time of frayed U.S.-Japan relations
- Sessions.edu Public relations. Strategic positioning
- NYU College of Nursing: Web content and design
- New York Simulation Center for Health Sciences. Web content and design
- Greek National Tourist Office. Press releases; led travel writer tours to Greece
- Solar Cookers International. Web text and consultant. Served until recently as United Nations representative.
- ToTheWeb (formerly WomenAsia.com). Public relations. When first launched as WomenAsia.com, East Coast public relations and media relations; managed stringers in Asia.