I’m an award-winning editor and writer who’s excelled as a reporter, freelancer, manager and consultant. I’m currently spending most of my time on two projects:
• Developing RenewATL, which will use an innovative business model to inform and empower the people and businesses working to make Atlanta’s built environment more sustainable.
• Serving as my own general contractor on the green renovation and addition to my family’s house. I’m telling the story of that adventure — as well as producing videos and how-to guides — at a separate site, GreenHomeChronicle.com.
Although I now consider myself a digital journalist and communications expert, my reporting and editing skills were honed at newspapers. After editing the Wesleyan University student paper in Middletown, Conn., I spent 10 years as reporter, editor and bureau chief at the Columbus, Ga., Ledger-Enquirer, a medium-sized metro daily.
From 1996 through 2008, I served as senior writer, managing editor and editor at Atlanta’s alternative newsweekly, Creative Loafing, where I led its transition from journalistic laggard to perennial award winner. Under my editorship, CL became Georgia’s second most popular periodical (after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). I’m particularly proud of my record at identifying and nurturing talent: numerous subordinates went on to become high-ranking editors, critics and writers at other major publications.
I’ve spent much of the last four years working on digital journalism startups. Chief among those was GreenBuildingChronicle.com, a now inactive website that I founded and edited in 2010, as a visiting fellow at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Sustainable Journalism. Green Building Chronicle quickly built a following in Atlanta’s sustainable development community, attaining a Google Page Rank of “5” after only six months of operation. Following my one-year fellowship, however, I didn’t see a route toward making money on that project, so I suspended its operation.
RenewATL is an attempt to build on what I learned at Green Building Chronicle. It appeals to a broader audience metro Atlanta and incorporates more social media. I’m currently building a team, developing the site and seeking input from its target community. The idea is to “bootstrap” RenewATL while testing its viability.
In the meantime, I’ve assisted media organizations, nonprofits and others in developing and amplifying their messages. I’m a highly efficient, goal-oriented manager and excellent talent coach, as many recommendations from former staff members attest.
But I’m also a very hands-on editor and writer. And I’ve developed a fair amount of expertise as a WordPress publisher, and am capable of performing a wide array of other marketing and publishing services, including social media, print production and web production.
Here are a few more highlights from my experience as a journalist and manager:
• I’ve built large local audiences online and in print, and have conceived and hosted radio and live talk shows.
• I’ve won awards as a business, political and investigative reporter, and have edited the award-winning work of critics, feature writers and news reporters, among others. All told, my writing and editing has produced around 50 major journalism awards.
• I’ve managed teams of up to 24 full-time journalists.
• I’ve built a strong network of associates, sources and connections, including public servants, business leaders, non-profit leaders and journalists.
• I possess exceptional knowledge of Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast, particularly in the areas of technology, transportation, politics, business and the environment.
• I’ve overseen the development of successful blogs and other websites and have served as a consultant to journalists making the transition to new media.