Boston, Massachusetts, United States
When I'm not writing, when I'm not editing, when I'm not teaching, when I'm not running, I'm hopefully wrestling with my kids, playing basketball with them, reading with them or playing Foosball with them. But when I'm at work, I love collaborative, team-building efforts aimed at creating new products.
My dream coming out of college was to be a sports writer. I had covered minor league baseball for The Washington Post in college, the Prince William Cannons, an affiliate of the Yankees. But my first job in newspapers was in South Carolina as a news reporter, and my career took a slightly different tact. I bounced from there to New Jersey, working at two papers, and writing a true crime book about a horrible story involving two teenagers and their newborn. And then writing an amazing story for Sports Illustrated about four basketball players who had their dreams killed in a routine traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. From there I migrated north to Boston, to begin a magazine career. But once again, I got derailed when a dream job in newspapers beckoned, and I came to The Boston Globe to reimagine and redesign their struggling Sunday magazine at a time when papers across the country were simply eliminating their magazines.
That project, and 6 years as magazine editor, led to a higher post as the paper's features chief, and finally to my current role in charge of special sections and new initiatives, some print, some digital.
Along the way, I've taught journalism at Boston colleges, and I've written a second book, this one about the race to build the first subway in America between Boston and New York in the late 1800s.