Journalist and teacher with expertise in reporting, research, writing, digital publishing, group facilitation, new ventures, international training and interactive community building
Consulting editor, National Catholic Reporter2019-
Working with news and business-side colleagues at NCR to develop more comprehensive coverage of and services for Catholic and interfaith groups addressing the climate crisis.
Freelance writer 2013-
Published articles In Boston Globe, National Catholic Reporter, National Geographic, among others
Taught media ethics to graduate and undergraduate students 2015-2016. Course description, syllabus, class slides, etc.: https://ethics2016fall.wordpress.com/.
Took a buyout from Poynter at the end of 2011, but continued, as an affiliate faculty member, to work in a various Poynter programs. Led a 12-week blended learning program for 40 participants in Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia in 2012 on the topic of covering world development issues. Program included eLearning as well in-person training in each of the countries.
guest faculty, Fachhochschule für Management & Kommunikation, Vienna, Austria 2012-2015
Taught masters-level seminars in entrepreneurial journalism at Vienna’s University of Applied Sciences.
entrepreneurial work 2012-2015
Co-founded in February 2012 a community-based news start-up (Detroit143) focused on tracking the transformation of the city’s 143 square miles of land and water. Here’s the final report on the project.
Led the creation and execution of entrepreneurial journalism program at Poynter, funded by
the Ford Foundation. Program included reporting and writing (http://bit.ly/newspayblog)
research (http://bit.ly/rubbleclues) and teaching. Also directed Poynter’s work with international journalists in Poynter programs and Poynter faculty teaching in Africa, Europe, South America and
Asia. In recent years, I’ve taught in South Africa, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Colombia, China and India.
Led the creation of Poynter Online (www.poynter.org), a global resource for journalists and journalism educators that includes news about news as well as analysis and deconstruction of best practices. Directed marketing & publications, including annual publication of Best Newspaper Writing book, quarterly Poynter Report & NYTimes best-seller collection of newspaper front pages, September 11,2001.
Helped lead creation of digital arm of Universal Press Syndicate & Andrews McMeel Publishing. Change leadership work with creators, editors and colleagues. Based in Silicon Valley with periodic stints at KC headquarters.
Led the creation of one of the first newspapers to be published online. (Some of the history recounted here: http://bit.ly/MercuryCenter). Served on the newspaper’s operating committee and led the introduction of digital publishing to the company’s news and advertising departments.
Reporting positions included general assignment, city hall bureau chief, Washington correspondent and European correspondent (based in Vienna). Editing roles included city editor, assistant managing editor for investigations and assistant to the executive editor. Winner of Distinguished Service in Journalism medal awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists (1975) and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in special local reporting (1976).
Led coverage of the auto industry as well as political and general news in several-state region.
Earn Your Own Trust, Roll Your Own Ethics (w/ Bob Steele) http://bit.ly/ethicsofblogging (see p.63) 2005-2010
Clues in the Rubble: A User-First Framework for Sustaining Local News (https://shorensteincenter.org/clues-in-the-rubble-a-user-first-framework-for-sustaining-local-news/)
Sagan Fellow at Shorenstein Center on Press & Politics, Kennedy School at Harvard University 2009
B.A., theology, magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame 1967-1971
New York Times Washington bureau 1971-1972
St. Petersburg Times 1970
The Day (New London, Ct.) 1965-1969
Board member of the National Catholic Reporter (independent weekly) 1998-2004
Board member of Gallivan Program in Journalism & Democracy, University of Notre Dame 2004-2012
Co-director of parish youth group 2005-2007