I've worked as a freelance feature story writer and sometime photographer for the past ten years. Most of my work has appeared in regional weeklies or newspapers not one of which is the New York Times. Before that I was head of external communications for a state government agency charged with regulating the financial services industry, a span that included banking, insurance, securities and aspects of health care reform. My work involved consumer protection and explaining to the media what newsworthy enforcement actions were going on, their impacts and how to make sense of reports written in government-speak. Often I had little advance time to figure that out myself. Not whining. It was terrific experience.
I spent a number of years producing a monthly government publication called, unimaginatively (though not by me), Vermont News & Views. This is actually where I found my love of writing human interest and other kinds of short feature stories.
A little known fact about me: Pasting together a varied living in my youth, I became unexpectedly employed as a photographer for a New England NASCAR race track that bills itself "The Nation's Site of Excitement." It was loud, chokingly smelly, difficult shooting work. But I came to understand what fans found exciting. How could you not if your job was to capture it?
I have a single national award to my name for organization communications writing.
I've been an arts and music promoter and also co-founded a program in Vermont called Town Braintap - an offbeat guest speaker series. Our tagline: Mind candy for the curious. More fun than paying bills or shoveling snow. Better for you than contemplating the Zombie Apocalypse.
Where I come from:
I was born a 20-minute off-peak drive from New York City but lived in Vermont most of my adult life with the exception of a few years here and there to enjoy sunnier or more urban locales. Am now currently based in a part of Minnesota which -- surprise -- actually is sunnier and more urban than most of Vermont. I still miss it, though.