I’m the incoming chair of Quinnipiac University’s Department of Journalism. I’m passionate about the future of journalism and journalism education, as well as the topics of leadership, management and organization in the digital newsroom.
I’m currently teaching as an adjunct at City College of New York and New York University. AT CCNY I teach a 300-level course in reporting and writing which covers advanced reporting and writing techniques and story forms.
At NYU, I’m teaching an introductory journalism course called Report NY, an intensive six-week dive into reporting in the neighborhoods of New York City. Before that, I taught as an adjunct professor within Jay Rosen’s Studio 20 grad program at the the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU, teaching a course called “Innovation and Disruption in Journalism,” a survey of how the trade has responded — or failed to respond — to disruptive innovation throughout its history.
Meanwhile, I’m finishing up my master’s degree at City University of New York. While my subject concentration is entrepreneurial journalism, I returned to university to improve my multimedia skills, hone my long-form journalism chops, build on a lifetime of experience in newspapers, and write and think about the future of journalism and journalism education.
Prior to that, I was most recently editor in chief of the New York Daily News, where I spearheaded the paper’s transition to digital-first newsgathering and publication, reconnected the brand to its outer-borough roots and historic urban voice, strengthened its local report and opened its first-ever bureau in Harlem.
Prior to that, I served as editor in chief of the Boston Herald, as well as editor in chief of Community Newspaper Company, where I was responsible for the editorial operations of more than 100 community weeklies and four suburban dailies.
I have also worked as a Sunday editor, arts editor, city editor, magazine writer and editor; political editor and reporter; and business, investigative and general assignment reporter in a career stretching back to 1977.
My journalism career began at the age of 9 when I created and distributed a neighborhood newsletter I printed myself on a toy press.
I’m a music aficionado, hi-fi fanatic and cook.