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DSC00613I am a Canadian writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area — Oakland, to be precise. At the right are links to a selection of articles for leading magazines, websites and newspapers.

As a journalist, I’ve ranged over a wide territory, writing features on the arts and business, on travel and tech, on literature and the law,  the last, because I’m a former lawyer.

After leaving the practice, I worked as a fact-checker at Saturday Night magazine, an editor and columnist at Toronto Life and a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. When we moved from my hometown, Toronto, to San Francisco, I left the CBC and now contribute to a range of publications …


For The Guardian: I’ve written about the young lawyers challenging different aspects of Trump’s immigration policy — and about the storied, bustling, under-threat Japantown neighborhood in San Francisco.

For the Los Angeles Times: Toronto’s patio scene and the mix of accidents and activism that set the tone for another SF neighborhood, Hayes Valley.

For the San Francisco Chronicle and its magazine: Miscellaneous pieces on theater, design and the home, including the so-called smart home.

For the Smithsonian Magazine: The movie The Graduate at 50, its making and impact, and, ahem, the history of the hula hoop.

For Report on Business: Profiles of various Silicon Valley figures, including, most recently, the Facebook billionaire turned venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya; the trio behind Palo Alto-based self-driving car start-up Aurora; and Stanford’s incoming president Marc Tessier-Lavigne. And a primer on the players in tech generally.

Other outlets: Azure (on architecture, design), the CBC (arts), enRoute (travel), the Globe & Mail (food, arts, books, travel), San Francisco magazine (arts, tech), Sunset (travel), Toronto Life magazine (arts, society), the Toronto Star (books), Western Living (food) and Wine Enthusiast (travel).

EDUCATION: Dartmouth College, A.B. (English); Trinity College (Dublin), M.Phil. (Anglo-Irish Literature); University of Toronto, J.D.

WRITING CLASSES: I recently taught two writing classes at Stanford, one on travel journalism, the other on usage, style and grammar in the Internet age. (The travel-writing class syllabus.)

JUST OUT: A business feature on the so-called gig economy and three travel pieces, one on San Francisco’s Japantown (for The Guardian), one on Hayes Valley (for the LA Times) and one on Richmond, BC (for Sunset).

FAVORITE QUOTES: The epigraph to E.M. Forster’s novel Howard’s End: “Only Connect.” (It’s also my Instagram handle.)

This exchange at the close of Nancy Mitford’s Pursuit of Love. “I said, ‘He was the great love of her life, you know.’

‘Oh, dulling,’ said my mother, [the Bolter], sadly. ‘One always thinks that. Every, every time.'”

And, on a more earnest note, Martin Luther: “To those who do what lies within them, God does not deny grace.”


13: National Magazine Award nominations for articles in categories, including Arts, Business, Columns, Profiles and Society.

1:  North American Travel Journalists’ Association gold for a 2009 piece for enRoute on Germany’s car city.

1: Bay Area Travel Writers’ Best of 2016 award for a piece on San Francisco’s tough, historic Tenderloin district.

1: Eureka Award for Best Newspaper Travel Piece re: California in 2016, also for the Tenderloin article.

3: Writing awards from university press associations. (Two golds for a story on an early aviation pioneer and a silver for one on an influential literary critic.)

MEMBER: Bay Area Travel Writers, Society of American Business Editors & Writers.

* Winners of writing awards

** Anthologized pieces