A Boston-area native and a graduate of Haverford College in Pennsylvania, I’ve been writing professionally since I landed a job as a correspondent for The Boston Globe in 2001. A year later I moved to Colorado, where I’ve held a variety of writing and editing positions: managing editor of Boulder Weekly; custom-publishing managing editor at New Hope Natural Media; regular contributor to 5280, Denver’s city magazine; and, most recently, staff writer for Westword, Denver’s alternative newsweekly. I’ve also penned stories for a variety of publications nationwide, including Slate, Salon and Wired.
My narrative nonfiction has earned accolades from the likes of the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, the Best American Sports Writing anthology, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Magazine Awards of Western Publishing and the National Awards for Education Reporting. In 2009, I won both first and third place for feature writing in the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ annual AltWeekly Awards, with the judges calling my work an “Outstanding blend of strong reporting and fast-paced narrative writing.” My work appears in the compendium Best AltWeekly Writing 2009 & 2010.
When I’m not writing – which isn’t often – you can find me either organizing boozy get-togethers of local writers under the tongue-in-cheek mantle “The Scribulators Guild,” watching shows like The Wire with my lovely wife Emily or cheering on my son Gabriel’s preschool soccer team. According to the vagaries of the Internet, I am best known as an international expert on Swine Flu (I’m not) and one of the leading authorities on Casa Bonita, the Denver restaurant made famous by South Park (I may be).
I’m represented by Sasha Raskin at The Agency Group, alongside 50 Cent, Brian Wilson and Ed Begley Jr. Sometimes we all get together and play Twister.