New York


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


The Lost Photographs of Penang

Chasing snapshots of one town's ghosts, of its souls set to wander.
Stuff Dot Life at Medium Link to Story

Just Browsing

In a Googlized world, the serendipity of devouring facts the old-fashioned way still matters.
Stuff Dot Life at Medium Link to Story

AP Essay: Of a plane still missing, and a planet still vast

In MH370 search, seeking some answers for those families left behind — and for the rest of us.
Philippine Star Link to Story

Shack Love

Watching the first shots of the digital revolution from a front-row seat in the suburbs.
Midcentury Modern at Medium Link to Story

Ballad of a Thin Man

Don Draper ends. How is less important than why.
Medium Link to Story

I See by Your Outfit That You Are a Cowboy

The national costume of America. What on Earth could that be?
Human Parts at Medium Link to Story

The American mood: Is the angst bottoming out?

Friday night in northern New Jersey, circa April 2009, offers clues to prove any theory about the American economic meltdown, depending on what you want to believe. Just like so many places these days. Craving optimism? Watch the tour bus emptying into the La Quinta lobby off Route 3, its occupants abuzz about their weekend sightseeing jaunt into Manhattan.
The Huffington Post Link to Story

Great Neck

A brief life lesson.
Medium 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

Has America become numb to tragedy?

Does the name Byran Uyesugi ring a bell? Odds are not. What about Robert A. Or Mark Barton? Terry Ratzmann? Robert Stewart? Each entered the national consciousness when he picked up a gun and ended multiple lives. Uyesugi, 1999, Hawaii office building, seven dead. Hawkins, 2007, Nebraska shopping mall, nine dead.
NBC News Link to Story

Home and Away

10 steps to happiness learned during an intermittent life abroad.
Wanderlust Magazine -- Thailand Link to Story

China's West Province Is a World Apart

Xinjiang is divided from the country by language, religion, philosophy and tradition. And, Beijing fears, one ethnic group is tied to terrorism.
The Los Angeles Times 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.