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DSC00613I am an award-winning writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the right are links to a selection of these 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 food and history and design, on travel and tech, on literature and the law — the last, because I’m a former lawyer.

Switching from the law into journalism was a return of sorts. Before going to law school, I’d edited my high school paper, and I’d worked, during undergrad at Dartmouth, for the college daily. As a lawyer, I practiced media law — libel and slander, privacy and freedom of expression — helping, in a junior capacity, to advise leading newspapers and broadcasters. But I had no professional experience as a journalist when I left the practice. I have since worked as an editor at Saturday Night magazine, a columnist and editor at Toronto Life and a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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.

HIGHER EDUCATION: I recently taught two writing classes at Stanford, one on travel journalism, the other on usage, style and grammar in the Internet age. I’ve co-authored (with C.H.H. McNairn) two textbooks on privacy law, that have been used in law school classes on the subject.

FAVOURITE 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.”

AWARDS, BY THE NUMBERS:

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 from Visit California 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.)

6: I have served as judge for the Canadian National Magazine Awards (4 times), for the Society of American Business Editors & Writers (once), and for the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (also once).

* Winners of writing awards

** Anthologized pieces


 

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