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Accomplishments
  • In 2013 I wrote a five-part series on disaster preparation in America's small communities for CNHI newspapers, a chain of more than 100 dailies and weeklies. I covered digital transformation for MIT Sloan Management Review and wrote on analytics and education technology for Information Week, the future of batteries for the Wall Street Journal, and a quantum computing cluster for Technology Review.
  • After my Nieman year, from late 2011 to August 2012, I was editor at LatitudeNews, a pro/am citizen journalism project that put American stories in an international context.
  • in 2010 I was named a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. The Nieman cut short my working year, but I still managed to write a few things. For Fast Company I rode the treacherous rapids of the music industry with Warner Music, a piece which won the 2011 Outstanding Business and Technology Article from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. For the Boston Globe I examined Genesis, the soap opera and how Puritans became capitalists. For Computerworld's The Grill, I talked with programming legend Fred Brooks and Zoho's box-cutting chieftain, Sridhar Vembu.
  • I led Fast Company's 2009 innovation issue with a piece on trickle-up innovation, an emerging trend in global business. For CIO magazine, I wrote on how social media was changing people's attitudes towards privacy and why businesses need to rethink what they do with data.  I wrote on E-Ink's hockey stick year for the Boston Globe magazine, and for the Globe's main paper examined Satan's impact on economic development, talked with a minister who runs a hedge fund, and indulged in the breakfast of capitalists.
  • In 2008, I published a significant piece on the science of religion in The Economist and a feature on Iceland's quest for hydrogen fuel in Fast Company.  My columns in the New York Times touched on the commercialization of speech recognition, home-fueling systems, real-time power and new kinds of prediction software. I wrote about the resilience of a family lobster business and Baby Boom memory improvement for the Boston Globe Magazine, and did a series of pieces on innovative technologies and their prospects for Inc., Technology Review, Wired News and other publications. I profiled Jeff Hawkins for The Economist and interviewed Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy for Portfolio magazine. In all, I published more than 50 pieces in publications as diverse as the Christian Century and Venture Capital Journal.
  • In 2007, I wrote about Second Life for Inc., profiled the social entrepreneur Steve Bigari for the New York Times, wrote about and the intricacies of being the white father of black children for the Boston Globe magazine, and interviewed ethicist William Hurlbut for Technology Review. I initiated the Prototype column for the New York Times Sunday Business section, writing about innovation in the mobile Web, climate change and gaming culture in business, among other topics. I began the Big Think blog on books and ideas for BNET.com. An article written for CSO on the hacker collective the L0pht won an award for Best Trade Article from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I also spent two months on a journalism fellowship, the Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion. I published nearly 60 articles over the course of the year.
  • In 2006 I wrote about nanotechnology for Fast Company, DNA testing for Intelligent Life, and how science fiction is coming to life and electronic health care for CIO magazine. I interviewed Amazon's Jeff Bezos for The Economist, genomic thinker George Church for Popular Science, the founders of Flickr for Inc. and author Michael Patrick MacDonald for the Boston Globe Magazine. All told, I published more than 70 articles  I also edited several reports for the World Association of Newspapers. An article I wrote for the Boston Globe Magazine on the rebirth of grand piano maker Mason and Hamlin won an award for Best Business and Technology piece from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
  • From 2002 to 2005, my highlights included a profile of Nobel Prize winning Gerd Binnig in the Economist, the first feature on Mitch Kapor's Chandler project, published in Technology Review, coverage of social entrepreneurs in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and a series of pieces on the emerging field of nanotechnology for a variety of publications.
  • Since I began freelancing in 2002, I have published more than 400 articles in dozens of publications. I am a contributing editor for Shukan Daiyamondo, the premier business magazine in Japan.
  • In 2000 I co-developed and executed on strategy for redherring.com as a breaking analysis site, winning two awards for overall site excellence in our first year.
  • I was founding News Editor at ZDNet, and instrumental in launching that award-winning site.
  • 2010-2011 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University
  • 2009 Advanced study grant, Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion
  • 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion
  • Editing/writing Awards:
    • 2011 Outstanding Business and Technology Article, American Society of Journalists and Authors
    • 2010 runner-up, Outstanding Business and Technology Article, American Society of Journalists and Authors
    • 2010 runner-up, Outstanding Trade Article, American Society of Journalists and Authors
    • 2009 Outstanding Business and Technology Article, American Society of Journalists and Authors
    • 2008 Outstanding Trade Article, American Society of Journalists and Authors;
    • 2007 Outstanding Business and Technology Article, American Society of Journalists and Authors;
    • Most Prominent Cyberwriter, Presstige Awards (2000);
    • 2000 Best News Story or Series, Computer Press Association;
    • 1995 Best News Story or Series, Computer Press Association;
    • First Place, News Story or Series, 1995, American Society of Business Press Editors;
    • Second Place, News Story or Series, 1995, American Society of Business Press Editors
  • General awards:
    • 2001 Maggie Awards, Best Online Publication;
    • 2000 Folio Editorial Excellence Gold Medal award;
    • 1996 Best Overall News Site (runner-up), Computer Press Association
Profile

Features, breaking news, Webcasts, broadcast news – in the last 25 years I’ve reported, written, edited and managed in almost every type of medium. After spending seven years editing and managing at pioneering Web and multimedia organizations, my last seven years saw me develop a freelance career where I might juggle blog posts on innovation with reporting a quirky feature on the future of hydrogen fuel. My rich experience in news and features, print, broadcast and Web  give me a rare mesh of skills and sensibility. I understand how to help different types of people achieve their goals, and how to run an effective content operation in multiple mediums. An effective public speaker, my experience working in broadcast media included specialized media coaching and training. I’ve represented my organizations countless times on CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg News, among others.

Career:

Freelance writer and editor, February 2002 to present

Write, edit and blog about business, technology and culture.

  • Published several hundred pieces since starting my freelance career. My writing appears in The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, CIO, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc., The New York Times, Technology Review, and more than a dozen other publications and Web sites.
  • Initiated the Prototype column on innovation in the New York Times, and the Big Think blog on BNET. I also maintain a personal blog, Archimedes’ Hot Tub
  • Edited on a freelance basis for CSO, a magazine for senior security executives, and for the World Association of Newspapers.
  • Appeared multiple times on television, most recently on CNBC for an interview related to an article I published in Fast Company.
  • Was a featured speaker or moderated panels at events like the Society of Professioal Journalists annual conference, the RSA security show and C2:Connect and Collaborate.
TechTV, September 2001 to February 2002

Managing Editor for “Tech Live,” a three-times daily news magazine on technology and science aimed at general audiences.

  • Co-managed 15 reporters and field producers
  • Managed the content line-ups and developed the anchor features.
  • Ran the 6 a.m. news broadcast, which kicked off our day.
  • Red Herring, January 2000 to September 2001

    Executive Editor, News, for magazine and Web site dedicated to the intersection of business and technology.

    • Developed and executed our editorial strategy for combining Web and print operations and content.
    • Managed department editors, and oversaw the magazine’s “Forward” section, including a section redesign.
    • Played a key role in developing a departmental ethics policy.
    • As the top operational editor of redherring.com, I co-developed the mission for the site, and then executed it, building and managing a 25-person editorial team in San Francisco, New York and London.
    • Led the successful launch of redherring.com’s newsletters. In addition, I wrote a bi-weekly Web column, occasional spot news and magazine features and items.
    • Frequently represented the company at conferences and on air, appearing on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and other networks. I was also a member of Red Herring’s Executive Leadership Team.
    ZDNet News, September 1996 to December 1999

    Senior News Producer for one of the first technology Web sites aimed at a general audience.

    • Managed weekly news features, wrote columns and spot news.
    • Developed and maintained relationships with our international affiliates and with Ziff Davis’s other magazine and Web sites.
    • Managed bi-coastal news team and freelancers. 
    • Was integrally involved in day-to-day operation and long-term direction of the site.
    • Developed internal awards program.
    • Helped run integrated newsroom with “ZDTV News.”
    • Founding News Editor, hired to build the site, which became a Top 15 site on the Web. As such was involved in all aspects of site, including news coverage, database development, design and direction.
    Computerworld, June 1990 to August 1996

    Held three distinct positions.

    • As a reporter, I received more than a dozen internal awards for excellence and led the Computerworld team that won a Computer Press Award for Best News Story in 1995. I single-handedly made Computerworld a must-read for the personal computer industry, and routinely was in the top three producers of bylines and scoops. 
    • As Online Editor, I ran news coverage and features for daily online service. Managed three reporters and served as liaison to the publication’s print team.  I co-managed and helped conceive Intranets, a monthly journal that included special online components.
    • As Assistant Sections Editor, I co-planned the redesign and re-launch of the newspaper’s technical sections, and launched the Internet section. I planned, edited and steered design for three sections. I managed five reporters.
    Memberships

    American Society of Journalists and Authors, Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists

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    Managing Editor, Chicago Computing, 1989-1990, Published short fiction writer, A.B., History, University of Chicago, 1986

     
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