I'm an award-winning reporter with nearly 30 years' experience in newspapers, magazines, television, radio,
and the Internet. My background spans nearly all beats, from the environment to sports, but with a focus during more than
a decade on the media. I've interviewed the likes of Rupert Murdoch, George W. Bush, Ben Bradlee and O.J.
Simpson and spoken about media issues on Fox News, MSNBC, NPR,
Voice of America, and Sirius XM Radio. My writing has appeared in MediaWeek,
San Francisco magazine, NJ Biz, New Jersey Monthly, Salon.com
The big news lately: My new book, Killing Journalism:
How Greed, Laziness (And Donald Trump) Are Destroying News And How We Can Save It, was recently published by
Willow Street Press and is on Amazon.com.
It's an in-depth look at the real problems
with today's news media -- from staff cutbacks and 24/7 demands for content to reduced advertising revenue, less support for
press legal defense and fewer in-house watchdogs to keep the news fair and honest.
And, of course, the impact of Donald Trump's constant war on the press and
false claims of "fake news."
NewsHour legend Jim Lehrer calls it "a book for anyone who cares
about the past, present and future of a free press in our democratic society."
I've been interviewed on Tim Constantine's Capitol Hill radio showand Thom Hartmann's SiriusXMprogram about the book and its insights.
I have also branched out into teaching with media-related courses at Fairleigh Dickinson
University and Rutgers University, as well as my own services as a writing coach and reporting advisor. See more on those
See some examples of
my previous work below and find out how to hire me for most any news reporting, writing, editing or newsroom advisory project.
Club Teams Impact Little Leagues - Joe reports on the growing impact of private travel teams on local youth leagues for NJ Monthly.
Health Centers Grow -
Joe's first story for Shelterforce magazine looks at the increase in community housing
health centers. See HERE.
Flint water and the media failure: Joe tells
how the national media missed the Flint water story. Read HERE
Joe Profiles WDHA Radio: Joe's latest New Jersey Monthly piece on the
state's oldest rock station. Read HERE.
Joe Interviews Ron Reagan: The youngest son of President Reagan speaks out against
Bill O'Reilly's new book on his father. Read HERE
Joe interviewed by HuffPost Live:The Huffington Post daily
webcast discussed recent Bill O'Reilly lies with Joe. See HERE.
Joe covers drunk driving law change: In another N.J. Monthly piece,
Joe details a major legal change for DWI that will affect first-time offenders. See HERE.
Joe Interviews Chuck Todd: The Meet the Press host
offered up his views on media, politics and scandal in this three-part interview. See HERE
Watergate Figure John Dean speaks with Joe: The former White House
counsel discusses today's comparisons to the 1972 scandal. Read HERE.
Joe breaks news of NOW call for George Will ouster: When the
Natl. Org. for Women urged Will's firing, they told Joe first. Read HERE.
Joe leads reporting on CNN/Newt disclosure issue. Joe broke the first
word from CNN on its Newt Gingrich policy, then revealed it was broken and changed.
Joe breaks story on Sally Quinn/Howard Kurtz feud. Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn gave Joe her first angry comments about Kurtz's voyeuristic
column about Quinn's daughter-in-law. Read HERE.
Joe's latest NJ Monthly piece on Montclair State's media program. In this article from
NJ Monthly, Joe explores the school's push to become a major center
for media education.
Joe Reveals Secret Payments From Freedomworks To Glenn Beck. Joe broke the story that Freedomworks, a top conservative group that helped start the Tea Party,
paid Glenn Beck $1 million annually for positive press. Former Freedomworks Chair Dick Armey disclosed it in an exclusive interview.
Joe investigates right-wing group. The investigation into the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity exposed
the group's right-wing financial ties as it expands coverage of state government to influence voters and legislation. The
piece was a Mirror Awards finalist. Read more here.
Joe explores the re-birth of
New Jersey public television. Read Joe's NJ Monthly article about New Jersey public television's status after
state funding cuts.
Joe interviews New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. The first women editor of the grey lady weighed in on her job, coverage and the paper's
future. Read it HERE.
Joe Looks at the Ups and Downs of PATCH Online News Sites.
Exploring the impact of Patch.com and other hyperlocal websites in the Garden State.
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and any reporting project, large or small. See more details HERE.
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