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


The Business of Pirating

After years of rebuilding the team, the Pirates’ success in 2013 helps Pittsburgh to reframe its own transformation on a national stage. Baseball is a game. A history-saturated team such as the Pittsburgh Pirates offers memories to pass across the generations. Baseball is a business. A carefully calibrated, focus-grouped product for mass consumption such as the Pittsburgh Pirates is an operation that must make money in and from the community it serves.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Baseball cards & the meaning of life

Back in 1973, a pair of baby boomer baseball fans named Fred Harris and Brendan Boyd came forth with a baseball book unlike any other. With cheerful sarcasm, an abiding love of the game and wink-nudge commentary on American life, "The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book" chronicled what it was like growing up as an American kid in the 1950s and early 1960s and seeing the world through baseball cards.
The Oklahoman Link to Story

2013 Pittsburgh Pirates hope to give city reason to cheer in September

Something odd has been happening the past few weeks in the town that's home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins — something very strange indeed. People are talking about a professional baseball club called — what was that name again? the Pittsburgh Pirates. They are speaking about alien things, matters unfamiliar to a community unaccustomed to talking about baseball in anything but resigned tones.
San Jose Mercury News Link to Story

Three Strikes And You’re Out — Maybe

“It ain’t nothin’ till I call it.” — Bill Klem, the most famous umpire in history. Piqued by what he thought was a bad call on a couple pitches during a New York Yankees game a couple weeks ago, a friend posted a complaint about the home plate ump’s judgments. Why, he wondered quite reasonably, wouldn’t we use all available technology and camerawork to make sure we get balls and strikes right?
The Cauldron at Medium Link to Story



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.