My work history
Since 2012, I have been a full-time freelance writer. My exclusive focus since 2014, when I started a yearlong Soros Justice Media Fellowship, has been on criminal justice — specifically, victims of violent crime, violence prevention, policing, and punishment policies.
Throughout my career, I have covered legal affairs from many angles: cops and courts, drugs and violent crime, commercial litigation, legal policy, politics, and a variety of business-and-law topics. After working as a beat reporter at daily newspapers in Warren, Ohio, and Houston, Texas, I joined American Lawyer Media to run its Dallas-based weekly trade newspaper Texas Lawyer for several years. Next I ran ALM’s digital division in New York City (which later evolved into Law.com) before switching back to hands-on journalism, as executive editor of the company’s flagship magazine, The American Lawyer. I left that job to teach magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where during my eight years on the faculty I helped start the university’s Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media. I managed to make time to report and write some in-depth magazine features during my teaching years, but finding the time for months-long reporting projects was a struggle. So I left the Newhouse School in 2012 to return to the reporting and writing work that attracted me to journalism in the first place.
I have traveled throughout the U.S. to report on criminal justice stories. Home is New York’s Finger Lakes region, not far from where I was born and raised outside of Rochester, New York.
I earned my bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester and master’s from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I am a long-time member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
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