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



Head a bit farther down the rivers for great places to live, work and play. This southern Butler County borough of barely 1,700 people features a large metal model of a classic flying saucer straight out of a ’50s sci-fi movie, sitting in the middle of the town square. Yes, there’s a statue of a bulging-brained alien that peeks from the back of a vintage railroad car at the town’s now-defunct train station, one of the last surviving depots from the old Pittsburgh and Western Railroad, which once ran through here.
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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.
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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.