About Me

I’m an award-winning international journalist who has worked in Chicago, New York, Budapest, and Moscow.

I bicycled cross country three times and hitchhiked across America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. I’ve ridden freight trains and rounded up cattle out West, studied Buddhism in the Himalayas, and won a heavyweight boxing championship in Ireland.

I toured almost 100 countries, swam the headwaters of the Nile, fought off a hippo attack, and toured ecological disaster areas in the Amazon.

I worked with the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Budapest Sun, Budapest Business Journal, and the Moscow Times.

I have an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism; a B.A. from Marquette University; a fellowship at the University of Maryland, College Park; a Backpack Storyteller certificate from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies; and spent my junior year in college at the University College Cork, Ireland.

I’m a full-time writer living in the Chicago area to be near my daughter Grace. I promised her that I’ll stay closer to home for a while.

If you enjoyed American Oz, please leave a review. It is vital to the book being seen and read. And the author will be grateful, big time!

I’m now on the road for The Story Cycle – Americans in a Pandemic – Chicago to San Francisco Stopping to Listen. People will be telling Covid stories. In these historic times, we’ll see pandemic survival – American style.