Editor, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

July 2011 – present

Edit the world’s leading experts on nuclear energy and weapons,
climate change and biological threats to humanity.

Correspondent, Columbia Journalism Review.

March 2013 – December 2013

Covered California and Nevada for CJR’s United States Project on Politics, Policy and the Press.

Editor in Chief of Miller-McCune magazine. 

October 2007 – April 2011.

Led launch of 115,000-circulation nonprofit magazine and
allied website focused on research-based solutions
to major U.S. and international public policy problems.

Editor of High Country News.
October 2006 – November 2007.

Led award-winning nonprofit news magazine covering the politics,
environment and culture of the Western U.S.

Executive Editor for launch of Key West Magazine.
December 2005 – March 2006.

Consultant on editorial aspects of a monthly magazine start-up directed
by renowned magazine guru Roger Black.

Editor of SF Weekly.
February 1997 — October 2005.

Top editor for a 117,000-circulation San Francisco newsweekly
and its website. Led staff of 15 with budget of $1 million-plus.

Editor of Phoenix New Times.
August 1993 — February 1997.

Top editor for a 130,000-circulation newsweekly and its website.
Led staff of 25 with budget of $1 million-plus.

Reporter, The Houston Post.
January 1984 – June 1992.

Led major investigative projects for a 400,000-circulation
daily newspaper. Covered Persian Gulf War from
Saudi Arabia and Iraq.


Harvard University
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Cambridge, MA
Master in Public Administration, 1993

Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
BA Psychology, summa cum laude, 1990

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Knight New Media Center

Berkeley, CA
Intensive multimedia/convergence workshop, 2007

Recent Speaking Appearances

Miller-McCune Live
Moderated panel discussions in Washington, D.C. and New York
involving thought leaders in government and academia.

Renaissance Weekend
Panelist for discussions at private retreat for leaders in business
and finance, education, religion, law, medicine, government,
the media, science and technology, sports, nonprofits and the arts
founded by Linda and Philip Lader, the former U.S. Ambassador
to the Court of St. James’s.

Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University.

Addressed postdoctoral fellows from the U.S. and abroad
on strategies for writing for audiences outside academia.

ScienceWriters 2010
Speaker at a joint conference of the National Association
of Science Writers Annual Workshops and the Council
for the Advancement of Science Writing’s New Horizons
in Science Briefings at Yale University and the Yale
School of Medicine.

Selected Awards and Honors

My writing and writers working under my direction have
been honored in many major journalism competitions, including:

  • The George Polk Awards/Long Island University
  • The Hillman Prize/Sidney Hillman Foundation
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Certificate
  • The Society of Environmental Journalists Award
  • for Explanatory Journalism
  • The John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest
    Magazine Journalism
    /Northwestern University-Medill
    School of Journalism.
  • The Silver Gavel Award/American Bar Association


Available on request.

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