Who Am I?

I’m a reporter for NPR member station WSHU in Fairfield, Connecticut. I’m from all over the place, but I’ve spent most of my life in suburban Connecticut, rural Missouri and New York City..

cropped-img_0596-e1401760383823.jpgWhat do I do?

I do what I love. I love reporting, especially radio reporting. I love reporting well-researched, enterprising feature stories most of all: stories that capture unforgettable moments or put a human face on an important issue or take the listener somewhere they’d never think to go.

I’ve carried this love (along with a digital recorder) into secluded forests, haunted museums, tourist traps, chicken farms — and a train full of rowdy, sad commuters raising their glasses to the end of an era (listen to my reporting from the final voyage of America’s last bar car.)

I spent more than a year reporting in Newtown, Connecticut as the editor of Newtown Patch. This included breaking news coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and a year’s worth of reporting on its local aftermath. I’ve also covered government, business, technology, health, arts, education and science on local and regional scales.

My work has been cited by The New York Times, NBC News and The Huffington Post. My radio work has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2013 I appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s Alex Witt show to talk about the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

What else do I do?

I teach mass communication and media studies courses at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., where I introduce students to the basics of media literacy. That means we talk about everything from journalism ethics to the hidden messages in Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimmin’ Pools (Drank.)” The Modern Timepiece (that’s what that link above means) is my infrequently-updated media studies blog.

I believe media literacy is essential for understanding the world outside our doors. From advertising to social media to TV news, the messages that reach our eyes and ears can help us or harm us. It’s up to us to learn how to distinguish the good from the bad.

What else do I do?

I read, I make music (sometimes in public), I spend time walking in the woods, and I climb a mountain every now and then. I go to film screenings, renaissance faires, museums and punk rock shows. I I spend way too much time cleaning up guinea pig cages, but I’m still happy to have the little critters around.

Like Mark Twain — one of my heroes — I’ve rambled my way from small-town Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi River, to the stone walls and “apizza” joints of Connecticut. Along the way, I’ve tried to grab every adventure I could catch.


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