Author and Professor
National Outdoor Book Award
2018 Yankee Quill Award

Who I am

I am a writer and professor at Boston University, where I teach a variety of courses including business and economics journalism. I have written three books, and I am now at work on a fourth. I also have taught in professional settings as a writing coach for media and research organizations. My work has appeared in The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Nieman Reports and Field & Stream. I was a regular blogger for the Times and a visiting (guest)  columnist for the Globe.  I was editor of the Portland Press Herald and a senior editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. I frequently serve as a source on the business of journalism for news organizations. 

Key professional achievements, honors

I was a Nieman Fellow and editor in residence at Harvard University in 1994-95. My book "Backcast" won the National Outdoor Book Award for literary merit in 2007. I was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2011, teaching at the National University in Kiev. In 2015-16, I was the Eleftherios Venizelos Chair in Modern Greek Studies at the American College of Greece in Athens. I have been inducted into the Maine Journalism Hall of Fame. In 2015,  I received the Hellenic Heritage Award. (Speaking at left with Archbishop Demetrios at Three Hierarchs Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, N.Y where I received the award.)  In October 2018, the New England Academy of Journalists named me a recipient of the Yankee Quill Award, New England's highest individual award for Journalism.

NPR Weekend edition interview