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DSC00613I am a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 stories on the arts and business, on travel and tech, on literature and the law — the last, because I’m a former lawyer.

I have worked as an editor at Saturday Night magazine, a columnist and editor at Toronto Life and a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I left the CBC when we moved from my hometown, Toronto, to San Francisco, and now contribute to a range of publications, including ….

SELECTED OUTLETS (in A-to-Z order): en Route, the Globe & Mail, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Report on Business, San Francisco magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and its magazine, Saturday Night, Smithsonian magazine, Sunset magazine, Toronto Life magazine, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Western Living and Wine Enthusiast.

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.)

PRIVACY EXPERTISE: I’ve co-authored (with C.H.H. McNairn) two textbooks on privacy law.

JUST OUT: A short piece for the December issue of the Smithsonian magazine on The Graduate as that culture-shifting movie turns 50. “Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?” And a feature, for the Globe & Mail‘s business magazine, on a self-driving car start-up and its principals, two of them Canadian.

OTHER 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.”


12: National Magazine Award nominations for articles in Society, Arts & Entertainment, Columns and Business. (Three silvers, nine honorable mentions, to date.)

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