Investigative and analytic journalism — Using data analysis, public documents and shoe leather reporting to find stories.
News applications – Putting data into readers’ hands and telling stories by making data visual.
Music beat — Interviewing and reviewing musicians and their bands.
Technology — Covering computing and consumer electronics back to the earlier days of the PC and the Internet.
Features — Capturing slices of life, including my brief foray as a columnist.
Broadcasting — Behind the microphone at WPDH-FM, a 50,000-watt rock station in upstate New York.
About the clips
My professional journalism career began with a microphone and cassette deck, covering town board meetings for a radio station. Always a music lover, I’d spent my first years of college wanting to be a pro rock DJ. During my sophomore year, I got my wish. But when the radio station’s news director offered me the chance to write and tell stories for the news department, I never looked back.
The radio news gig connected me to local print journalists, and soon I made the leap to a daily newspaper. I landed an internship, and the paper hired me a couple months later to write obits, cover the police beat and eventually report on local government. Soon enough, the lure of music grabbed me again, and I moved to the features staff to write features, including band profiles and concert reviews.
The management persuaded me to edit and lead a section, which I did, but not long after that another attraction caught my eye — technology, computers and programming. I caught the bug enough to pursue a master’s degree in computer science, and that led to the second act of my career — practitioner of precision journalism in the big city. Those are the eras here — for places and dates, see my resume.