Following up on a tip from the Los Angeles Times, I investigated and confirmed the political aspirations of Synanon, a San Francisco Bay Area cult. My reporting was included in the investigative package that won a Pulitzer Prize for the Point Reyes Light newspaper.
Recipient, the prestigious Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award from the American Business Press Association, for my work as a writer and producer at Macworld Online, where I had uncovered the use of “font color spamming” by the cult Heaven’s Gate, which it used to increase its search engine visibility.
Newspaper Journalist, Magazine Writer
A professional writer, I began my career as a newspaper journalist, working primarily at the San Francisco Chronicle. As a reporter and feature writer, my work covered the spectrum, news to lifestyles. While at the Chronicle, I joined the newspaper systems department specializing in remote communications. I was the first reporter in the U.S. to use the then-nascent “online” technology to interview civilians under fire during the first Gulf War.
From newspapers I moved to the new field of web publishing in 1995 as a writer and producer at Macworld Online, where I was tapped to help with the transition from print to electronic journalism. From there I focused on Internet and wireless business and tech writing. As a corporate tech writer, I covered computer and semiconductor technologies for Silicon Valley giants Hewlett Packard and Applied Materials.
Beginning in 2006, I began writing about climate change, as founder of a news and lifestyle magazine specific to climate and the environment and also as a contributing editor at the Climate Change Business Journal, where I wrote news and analyses of industry, technology and regulatory policies. See Climate & Environment
A longtime freelance writer, most recently I’ve contributed stories about musicians and regional music culture for national magazines, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar and Strings. See Article Archive