Professional experience 2007-​​present             FREELANCE Seattle, WA

Contract writer/​editor

  • Editor of news content for Bing. Part-​​time music writer and jazz critic for The Seattle Times. Filed features and breaking news as a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times national desk. Sports correspondent for The New York Times. Regular contributor of articles about food, sports and news to regional news website, Worked as a part-​​time correspondent for the Puget Sound Business Journal.

2005 – 2007                     ASSOCIATED PRESS New York, NY

National Writer

  • Roving national correspondent. Generated long-​​form articles for the national news and features wire. Topics included: Iraq war, death of a community garden, Hurricane Katrina, execution of a gang leader, feast and fortune in an isolated Nevada mining town, fate of a refrigerator factory relocating from Michigan to Mexico, the New York Yankees of competitive paintball.

2005                             58 DEGREES NORTH Seattle, WA


  • Wrote and published first book, “58 Degrees North,” the true story of the mysterious sinking of the Arctic Rose fishing vessel off Alaska in 2001, based on a Pulitzer-​​nominated series of articles for Newsday. Published by Bloomsbury.

1998 – 2005                             NEWSDAY Long Island, NY

National Correspondent

  • Roving reporter on national desk since January, 2001. Covered breaking news while cultivating long-​​term news features.
  • Covered transportation and growth on Long Island and NYC.
  • General assignment news, rewrite for Long Island desk.
  • Sent abroad to cover 1999 earthquake in Turkey and Korean War anniversary in 2000.
1990–1998                  THE SEATTLE TIMES Seattle, WAReporter

  • Wrote profiles, essays, business features as staff writer for The Times’ Sunday magazine, Pacific.
  • Enterprise, courts, general assignment reporter for Metro desk.
  • Beat writer for University of Washington football team and Seattle SuperSonics basketball team.
1989–1990                    ORLANDO SENTINEL Orlando, FLReporter

  • Covered professional soccer, small-​​college and high-​​school sports out of Sentinel’s Seminole County bureau.
  • 2nd place, 2013 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism award in sports category.
  • Finalist in the deadline reporting category of the 2000 American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Awards. Judges singled out a story reported from Turkey, about the country’s 1999 earthquake. Article appeared in Best Newspaper Writing 2000.
  • Finalist for the 2006 Washington State Book Award in the “General Nonfiction” category for “58 Degrees North.” Award, in its 40th year, is open to all authors who are from or reside in Washington state.
  • Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, in the category of national reporting, for a three-​​part series about the unexplained sinking of a fishing boat in the Bering Sea. Series was the winner of Newsday’s 2001 Publisher’s Award, as best feature of the year.
  • Finalist in the 1994 edition of the Best American Sports Writing anthology for a feature on a female boxer.
  • Honorable mention in the profiles category of the 1998 Sunday Magazine Editors Association writing contest, for a portrait of an eccentric beef-​​jerky baron.
  • Runner-​​up in the Press Club of Long Island 2002 Media Awards for daily features, for a profile of a family decimated by cystic fibrosis.
  • Third place in the Press Club of Long Island 2000 Media Awards for daily features, for a story about the improbable and long-​​belated recovery of a stolen bassoon.
Education 1983 – 1987            UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Seattle, WA

  • B.A., philosophy.
  • Minor in mathematics.