One Toms River police captain will be paid nearly $200,000 this year. That’s almost as much as New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton’s $214,400 salary. Add in pension and health benefits, and the grand total hits $237,700. When two other captains with the same package are included, Toms River taxpayers will pay $713,300 …
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Research and writing about environmental, weather, energy, health and scientific issues.
Asbury Park Press
Staff Writer, 1984 - 2014
I covered Red Bank, New Jersey, and several other towns and boards, then became the environmental writer in 1985. I joined the Projects/Investigations Team in 2008 and covered the environment and severe weather beginning in 2014
The Home News
Reporter, 1979 - 1984
I covered East Brunswick, New Jersey, and then became the medical/general assignment reporter.
Environmental, health and science writer, 2014 - present
I am a freelancer who specializes in writing about the environment, climate, weather, health, energy and science.
North Brunswick, NJ
Franklin, NJ - Highland Park, NJ - Evanston, IL - Washington, DC - Bend, OR - New London, CT - Andover, MA - Brighton, NY
North Brunswick, NJ
Environmental, health and science writer, former @AsburyPark Press reporter, @ByToddBBates
Hockey player since 1965, journalist since 1980, husband since 1984 and father since 1990
2010 finalist, Pulitzer Prize in Public Service; 2011 Knight Award for Public Service, an Online Journalism Award; 2002 Award for Environmental Excellence in New Jersey from the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute; 1988 Environmental Quality Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 1987 daily "Journalist of the Year" award from the New Jersey Press Association
English, 1973 - 1977
Awarded a bachelor of arts degree, majored in English
Journalism, 1978 - 1979
Awarded a master of science in journalism degree
New Jersey Graduate Program in Public Health
Public Health , 1985 - 1988
Took courses in the principles of environmental health, environmental risk assessment, principles of public health, risk communication, health education and behavioral science, and health care organization and administration.