RESUME


JOURNALISM

The Boston Globe
I started as a stringer, writing from Latin America, Washington D.C., and the former Yugoslavia. I spent more than two years writing narratives and breaking news about academia in New England, while also covering the deadlocked presidential election in Florida and the 9/11 attacks in New York. Some scoops made national news, including Harvard professor Cornel West’s row with Larry Summers, a cheating scandal at Dartmouth and admissions errors at Northeastern. Later, I launched a new beat at the paper covering poverty issues. Stories included how the region's largest homeless shelter cut services after amassing a multimillion-dollar endowment and how shelters barred hundreds of homeless people on the coldest nights. In 2005, I became co-editor of City Weekly, the equivalent of an urban magazine, which provided in-depth coverage of Boston’s neighborhoods. For the past decade, I have covered the environment, focusing on climate change. I have written about the accelerating melt of the Arctic Ocean from the northernmost city in North America and the impact of the depletion of the ozone layer on Tierra del Fuego. I have covered the damage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and the collapse of the cod fishery in Newfoundland. In New England, I have exposed the multibillion-dollar problem presented by nitrogen pollution in the waters off Cape Cod. My stories about PFAS chemicals found in a major distributor’s bottled water led to the company going out of business, after it refused to recall the tainted water. I have detailed the health risks of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere and the trials of complying with new requirements to reduce lead poisoning while the federal government cuts funding. I have also written extensively about the area’s fishing industry. In 2013, I was the paper's only reporter at the finish line of the Boston Marathon during the attacks and played a key role covering the bombings and the aftermath. I was part of the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. A narrative I wrote about the toll of the bombings on one family won the 2015 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Storytelling from Scripps Howard Foundation and the 2015 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Reporting. (December 1999 to present)

Climate Rising Podcast Host
I have hosted more than a dozen episodes of a podcast about the intersection of climate change and business. The podcast, produced by Harvard Business School,considers the responsibility the corporate world bears for the problems — and the solutions — to climate change. The podcast will begin airing in the fall of 2019. (January 2019 to present.)

Knight Chair in Journalism
In 2016, I was selected to spend a semester to be the visiting Knight Chair in journalism at the University of Miami’s Center for Communication, Culture and Change, where I worked with a team of students and directed an award-winning film called “GLADESMEN: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys.” (August to December 2016)

Nieman Foundation at Harvard University
As a fellow, I studied a range of subjects at Harvard and MIT, including documentary filmmaking and narrative writing, energy and environmental issues, as well as poverty issues and African-American history. (August 2012 to June 2013)

Defense Week
I spent a year covering the conflict in Kosovo, war games aboard an aircraft carrier and the controversy surrounding the military’s former testing range in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Based in Washington, I spent much of my time at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, reporting about problems with submarine warfare and missile defense, the nation’s goal of being able to fight two wars at the same time, pork in the defense budget and allegations of fraud among major contractors. (January to December 1999)

Latin America Freelance Correspondent
Before being deported from Cuba on Christmas Eve, I covered dozens of stories, including the 40th anniversary of the revolution, a crackdown on private businesses and the rise of rebel farmer movements. Among other stories in the region, I covered drug-trafficking issues and the last political-status referendum in Puerto Rico, the rise of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, discrimination against Haitians and the spread of AIDS in the Dominican Republic, as well as an economic meltdown in Argentina. As a stringer, I wrote for more than a dozen papers, including The Globe, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, Newsday and San Francisco Chronicle. (May to December 1998)

The Palm Beach Post
I covered shootings, fires, and other breaking news around South Florida. I wrote a variety of features and data-rich stories on police issues. Occasionally, I reviewed books and music. (April 1997 to May 1998)

Mexico City Times
From Mexico City, I traveled around the country, often writing several stories a day on subjects including political reform, corruption in the federal police force, environmental mismanagement, kidnappings and U.S.-Mexican relations. I also reviewed films and classical music. (June 1996 to February 1997)

The (Mexico City) News
Through Northwestern’s internship program, I spent a semester as the paper’s Washington correspondent, writing daily stories about immigration, U.S. drug policy and the State Department’s certification process, NAFTA disputes and various pieces on culture. (January to March 1996)

FILMS

LOBSTER WAR: The Fight Over The World's Richest Fishing Grounds
I directed, produced, and shot much of this feature-length film about a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty. The film premiered in the fall of 2018 at the International Maritime Film Festival, where a jury selected it as the runner-up for the grand prize for the Best Feature Film. It was featured at scores of independent theaters and film festivals, including the 2018 Mystic Film Festival, where it won an award for Best New England Film.

“GLADESMEN: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys”
I directed and produced this feature-length documentary about the federal government’s ban on Florida’s iconic airboats in much of the Everglades. The measure is part of the world’s largest effort to repair a damaged ecosystem, a vast river of grass that has been ravaged by more than a century of development, pollution, and other environmental degradation. The outcome will determine the future of the region’s water supply, and its ability to withstand rising sea levels. It may also lead to the demise of the gladesmen. The film was selected for numerous festivals, including the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and the Miami Film Festival, where it won the 2018 Made in Miami Award.

“SACRED COD: The Fight to Save America’s Oldest Fishery”
I co-directed and produced this feature-length documentary that looked at the collapse of the historic cod population in New England. The film delved into the role of overfishing, the impact of climate change, the effect of government policies on fishermen, and the fish, and the prospect of a region built on cod having no cod left to harvest. The film was broadcast on the Discovery Channel in the spring of 2017 and is being distributed elsewhere by Bullfrog Films.

“UNDAUNTED: Chasing History at the Boston Marathon”
I co-directed and produced this feature film about the comeback of one unique runner, as well as a city that came together to rally against terror. At 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013, Juli Windsor was less than a mile from completing a lifelong quest to become the first little person to finish the Boston Marathon. The bombings that day transformed her triumph into horror. Juli and thousands of runners were turned back before crossing the finish line. She vowed to run again the next year. It would be a chance at redemption as much as making history. The film was broadcast on the BBC World News and the Discovery Life Channel in the spring of 2015.

“25.7: In Twice the Steps”
I directed, shot, and edited this short film about Juli Windsor, who long dreamed of being the first little person to run the Boston Marathon, and how her quest ended in a way she would have never expected. The film was broadcast on the Pivot network on the first anniversary of the attack in Boston in 2014.

TEACHING

Harvard University Extension School
I taught courses on narrative writing, focused on travel. (June 2013 to 2015)

Boston University and Emerson College
As an adjunct professor, I taught an advanced reporting class that required students to cover beats, report a range of stories, and post them on a class website. (January 2007 to 2011)

Northeastern University
I taught Journalism 101 to freshman and sophomores. My class provided a comprehensive survey of the craft. Students focused on AP style, news writing, and among other things, the ethical implications of their work. (January 2004 to 2006)

Boston Center for Adult Education and Mediabistro
I taught seminars on travel writing, focusing on how to research stories, find compelling angles, pitch to relevant publications, and craft compelling pieces. (March 2007 to 2018)

EDUCATION

Northwestern University
Medill School of Journalism, master of science in journalism, Evanston, Ill. (May 1996)

University of Michigan
College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, Ann Arbor, Mich. Bachelor of arts in political science. I also wrote for The Michigan Daily. (May 1994)

Université Libre de Bruxelles
Spent junior year in Brussels, studying European history, French and beer. I worked as a bartender for part of the time. (January to August 1993)

AWARDS

§  2018 Best New England Film at the Mystic Film Festival
§  2018 Grand Prize Runner-up for Best Feature Film at the International Maritime Film Festival 
§  2018 Made in Miami Award at the Miami Film Festival, for best film made in South Florida
§  2015 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Storytelling from Scripps Howard Foundation
§  2015 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Reporting
§  2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, which was awarded to the Globe Staff
§  2014 Edward R. Murrow Award
§  2013 New England Newspaper and Press Association Publick Occurrences Award for Outstanding Journalism