Welcome to my Fishwrap Archive
Like many people of my generation, I fantasized about the Woodsteins of the world toppling corrupt government officials from pedestals of power, but I did not truly comprehend the burdens of responsibility -- and sometimes danger -- carried by journalists until one night in 1976 when a source for an investigative piece my father worked on was murdered.
The courage and persistence of his newspaper's staff despite another murder attempt, assaults, bomb threats and mysterious phone calls at all hours of the night was and is an inspiration to me -- and eventually led to my decision to pursue a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University and a career as a journalist.
I have worked at all time scales, from the immediate gratification of the online world to the marathon of writing a book. I have served in a variety of reporter, editor and producer positions at daily newspapers and their related Internet sites in Virginia, New Jersey and Louisiana: The (Shreveport, La.) Times; The (Charlottesville, Va.) Daily Progress; the Morris County, N.J., Daily Record; the Newport News, Va., Daily Press the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, and The (Petersburg, Va.) Progress-Index. Now I work for Richmond Suburban Newspapers, which includes the The Mechanicsville Local, The King William Local, Goochland Gazette and Powhatan Today.
I write on subjects ranging from high school girls' volleyball teams to the mysteries of plate tectonics. My work has appeared in the magazines Geotimes, Mercator's World, Vegetarian Times, and Woods Hole Currents; encyclopedias such as Diseases and Disorders (in press), Encyclopedia of Genetics, Encyclopedia of the Developing World, Magill's Encyclopedia of Science: Plant Life, and Magill's Medical Guide; the radio programs MicrobeWorld and Our Ocean World; and the newsletter Bioinform.
My first book, Upheaval from the Abyss: Ocean Floor Mapping and the Earth Science Revolution, was published by Rutgers University Press in February 2002. My second book, Huntington's Disease, will be published by Chelsea House in June 2009. I have contributed chapters to two other books, The Science of Dune: An Unauthorized Exploration into the Real Science Behind Frank Herbertís Fictional Universe and The Science of Michael Crichton: An Unauthorized Exploration in the Real Science Behind the Fictional Worlds of Michael Crichton, both of which were published by BenBella Books in 2008.
Browse through some of the samples (detritus?) of my career.