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SUMMARY - Hard-working, detail-oriented news veteran with 29 years' experience in print, broadcast, and online reporting and editing for local and national news outlets. Background covering media, politics, crime and courts, government, education, environment and business. A news junkie and team player who loves deadlines, sharp writing and seeking answers.


MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA, Washington, D.C. - Senior Editor/Investigative Reporter - 1/10-present

  • Investigate and write stories about media criticism and fact-checking media outlets as well as blogging daily media news and opinion.
  • Work cited on numerous daily blogs as well as MSNBC, Politico and other news outlets.
  • Tackle issues of journalism ethics and practices at Fox News, The New York Times and other media entities.


FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY, Madison, N.J. - Adjunct Professor - 10/17-present     

  • Teach undergraduate courses in media ethics, which include ethics theory and practical applications via case studies involving journalism, advertising and public relations.


RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, New Brunswick, N.J. - Adjunct Professor - 1/18-present       

  • Teach writing for media course that includes basic grammar, punctuation, and writing styles for print, broadcast and online news and other media options. Techniques include basic formats, AP style and breaking news.


EDITOR & PUBLISHER, New York, N.Y. - Senior Editor - 1/99-12/09         

  • Wrote and edited news and feature stories about the newspaper industry for this weekly trade magazine and daily Website (www.editorandpublisher.com).
  • Averaged at least one 2,000-to-3,000-word cover story each month, as well as three to four weekly assignments and daily breaking web news.
  • Daily blogged and tweeted events.
  • Interviewed top media executives such as Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffett, and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
  • Assignments included trend stories on training, women in power, marketing and circulation statistics, and industry news, including The Pulitzer Prizes, annual newspaper association conferences, and how major newspapers reacted to events such as the Sept. 11 attacks, the Catholic Church sex scandal, and The Iraq War.
  • Appeared as media commentator for Fox News Channel, Bill O'Reilly radio show, MSNBC, Voice of America, Wisconsin Public Radio, ABC Radio Networks, and National Public Radio.


FREELANCE WRITER - 5/94-present - Writing for several publications, including Salon.com, Poynter.org, New Jersey Business Magazine, San Francisco, MediaWeek, MedisShift, Our Sunday Visitor, and New Jersey Monthly.

  • Subjects of articles included San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, New Jersey minor league baseball, St. Regis High School of New York, and the killing of New Jersey teacher Christine Burns, whose murder was solved one month after the article appeared.


THE PRESS ENTERPRISE, Riverside, CA. - Reporter - 5/97-1/99           

  • Covered criminal courts and judicial issues, regularly reported on death penalty cases, wrongful death suits, and the inner workings of local courts.
  • Juggled an average of 30 to 35 local cases at a time, following each from arraignment to sentencing.
  • Also reported on city government for this 180,000 circ. daily.
  • Assignments included a major local garbage contracting scandal, numerous recall elections, and several wildfires and mountainside natural disasters.


THE INDEPENDENT, San Francisco, CA. - Reporter - 1/93-5/97           

  • Covered all aspects of San Francisco city government, including the mayor's office, Board of Supervisors, police issues, and gay community.
  • Averaged nine to 10 stories each week, including regular coverage of local politics, neighborhood concerns, crime, and all City Hall legislation.
  • Co-wrote multi-part series on local public toilet scandal, Mayor Willie Brown's first term, and the unsuccessful campaign of District Attorney candidate Bill Fazio.


THE ARGUS, Fremont, CA. - Reporter - 10/90-1/93         

  • Covered education and city government beats for a 170,000 population city, plus crime, politics, and the environment for this 35,000 circ. daily newspaper.
  • Broke story of local school's superintendent's resignation prior to announcement and revealed newly hired community college business administrator forced from previous job for questionable practices, resulting in his losing the new position.
  • Averaged two to three stories each day.


THE DAILY JOURNAL, Elizabeth, N.J. - Reporter - 4/88-10/90         

  • Covered city government and education beats of several suburban communities for this 32,000 circ. daily newspaper.
  • Reported on major school redistricting plan in Hillside, N.J.; the trial of convicted Westfield, N.J. killer John List; and deadly barge explosion off of the Linden, N.J. waterfront.
  • Served as only Sunday reporter for entire time.

Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y., B.S., Journalism, 1988
CNN, Washington, D.C., Internship 1988


New Jersey Press Association: Spot News Award, 1989 and 1990; Responsible Journalism Award, 1990.

Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards: Best Series of Articles, 2004, 2005; Best News Coverage, 2004, 2005, 2006.

New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Awards: Second Prize, Magazine/Investigative Reporting, 2003; First Prize, Best Local News, 2015;
Third Prize, Best Local News, 2016.

S.I. Newhouse School of Communications: Mirror Awards: Finalist, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2014.                                                                                               

Folio: Gold Medal, Regional Magazine, 2009.

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