I worked more than 17 years in newspaper journalism, at everything from a small twice-weekly paper to a regional newspaper. I've had articles printed in national and international news organizations, and have covered a few of the biggest stories of the past 20 years. My last few years in journalism were spent covering technology issues, as I have been a closet computer geek since I bought my first 8088 computer
I left journalism 10 years ago to work for University of the Pacific, a non-profit private college in the California Central Valley that is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the United States. While I was the media relations manager, I introduced the University to social media and was the unofficial SM go-to guy. I also recently completed a Master's degree in communication, writing a thesis that explored how social media was impacting crisis communication plans at institutions of higher education.
Three years ago, I relocated to Saint Louis, Missouri to become the Director of Public Relations at Webster University.
Outside of work, I am a shutter bug, a guitar player (I play in a jazz band), a movie fanatic, and a bicycle fanatic. I'm not one of those nutsy road-bike guys in the spandex who do century rides, but I do ride my bicycle all over town and sometimes ride it to work.
My photography skills have improved significantly since moving jobs, possibly because the University often uses me as a back-up photographer at events. I also take a lot of photos of other events on my own free time and have had several photos published in newspapers and used during television news stories in the past few years - including having a dozen photos used by the PBS News Hour about the 2010 Maker Faire in San Mateo.
I'm also the proud father of a Smith College graduate. And I am tragically abandoned, er, single. I do have two cats and a dog, all of whom are convinced I am their pet.
And that's that.