I am an assistant professor at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, specializing in new-media trends. From 2007-2011 I wrote a weekly online column for The Guardian’s Comment is Free America section, and was a finalist for a Syracuse University Mirror Award in media commentary in both 2008 and 2009. I currently contribute media and political commentaries to the Huffington Post and articles about digital journalism and the future of news to the Nieman Journalism Lab.
I’m also a regular panelist “Beat the Press,” a weekly roundtable program on media issues, on WGBH-TV (Channel 2). In 2012, “Beat the Press” won the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, after previously winning it in 2001, 2004 and 2005.
My book on the culture of dwarfism, “Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter’s Eyes,” originally published by Rodale in 2003, is now available in a free online edition issued under a Creative Commons license, as well as a high-quality, print-on-demand paperback edition. “Little People” was praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Providence Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and was featured by NPR, Salon, and Child Magazine.
From 1979 through 1989 I worked as a reporter for The Daily Times Chronicle of Woburn, Mass., where I covered the trial at the center of Jonathan Harr’s book “A Civil Action.” My account of the case and its aftermath is online here.
On July 21, 2007, my son, Tim, and I hiked to the northern and southern summits of Mt. Hancock, my 47th and 48th (and final) 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire, finishing a quest I had begun in 1968.
My book on the New Haven Independent and other community news sites, “The Wired City,” will be published by the University of Massachusetts in the spring of 2013.
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