Thanks for visiting my website, which is kind of like a scrapbook for a life spent largely in public service journalism. It's meant for colleagues, friends, journalism students and news junkies.
It's also meant for me, because I don't want to lose track of the many things I've seen and done during my career.
I'm not the most famous journalist of my generation, ethnicity, gender or age. However, I am proud of my body of work.
I've tried to build my career the right way. For me that means intentionally loitering in the truth, even when it's a painful truth, rather than engaging in a convenient exaggeration or sin of omission.
Journalism has allowed me to indulge my curiosity on beats as varied as business and emergency services. It's also taken me to places as exotic as Japan and as American as rural Georgia.
I've covered stories on every major newsroom beat at one time or another. Most of the past decade has been spent covering business and politics.
Natural disasters are my favorite things to cover, because they peel away so much of the outer veneer of people and cultures. I don't think you really know someone until you've spent a few days with them after a big storm without electricity and running water.
My biggest scoop is the iconic story of the worst natural in U.S. history. The mass drowning inside St. Rita's Nursing Home during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
I grew up mostly in the Bronx and know what it's like to go to bed hungry and scrounge for subway and bus fare. Those experiences have served me well in an industry that doesn't always place much emphasis on economic diversity in the newsroom.
My Uncle Fred is fond of saying the human brain craves one thing above all others - intellectual stimulation.
There may be no better support system for such a quest than the life of a working journalist. You literally have a license to ask just about anything of anyone.I've been getting paid to be a journalist since the age of 16. The work has brought me into contact with many exceptional people and exposed me a ton of unusual and surreal experiences.
This website helps me keep them all straight in my head. Think of it as a combination of an online journal and database.
It's mostly an online repository for some of my stories because it's getting harder to keep track of them and I'm tired of running home every time I need an older clip. There's a resume, photos, references, and what may sometimes feel like a tiresome amount of personal reflection.
There's no charge or advertising on this website. It's not meant to generate revenue or look cool and fake. A a fact to bear in mind should you begin to grow frustrated.
The clips range from nice looking newspaper pages to text-only wire service printouts.
I'm not running for office and haven't crafted this website with an eye toward popularity. Instead, I've tried to embrace as many painful truths as possible.
I hope you find them useful.
The photo at the top of this page was taken by Daniel Acker during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans.
The complete unedited photo is shown below.