New York


Writing at the intersection of
culture, mass media and memoir.


Shatner heads toward the stars, and visions of space collide

Are "Star Trek” and private space travel a good fit?

Analysis: A ‘United’ Nations, navigating a fractured world

At U.N. headquarters this week, while persistence seems abundant, hope is a scarce commodity.

9/11: As the decades pass, the act of remembering evolves

How does memory change as time marches on? With 9/11, it's complex.

A pandemic Olympics, without all the crowds

We love live audiences, because they are our representatives.

Ron Popeil was the sizzle of American ingenuity, personified

An American original, connecting Barnum and Edison to the video era.

Weaned on Hollywood endings, Americans now face a messy one

Americans love the big Hollywood ending. The pandemic ain’t gonna be that.

We Did Not, In Fact, Build This City on Rock and Roll

Aging, death and the lies of 1980s bubblegum music.
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‘WandaVision,’ a sitcom sendup, was a pandemic parable, too

Trapped in your own neighborhood, losing a sense of the outside world with each passing day.

The Last 90 Seconds

A fading father, a ticking clock, and one final snack for the road.
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That 70s Show: Loss by loss, a unique era of baseball fades

A list too long: those from the ranks of 1970s baseball rosters who have died in the past year.

For a splintered nation, a delicate moment of continuity

The inauguration proved that there can be comfort in the performance of process and procedure.

In-betweenland: As 2020 slips away, an American snapshot

A year ends. Another begins. Just like always. Yet like nothing ever before.



I tell stories. Stories about you and me and us, about our country and our world and the strange and meaningful tapestry of human experience. I tell stories about things that connect with each other unexpectedly, and about how the most insignificant details in our surroundings can, when poked at, turn out to mean everything. Once I wrote an entire book about a single song.

I do other things, too. Right now I am the director of digital innovation for The Associated Press, working on all kinds of interesting new things at the intersection of storytelling and new media. As a leader in AP's news operation for 15 years and a correspondent for 10 more before that, I have tried to bring an unerring sense of storytelling — in any form, in any fashion, on any platform — into our journalism as our industry changes fundamentally and shifts onto exciting and disruptive new platforms. Along the way, I teach and train and mentor and speak about journalism and why it must remain a fundamental and relevant part of the world during an uncertain era.

I also take photographs. See some of them on Instagram by clicking the link in this section, and more of them here.