I'm a former newspaper reporter-turned corporate and agency writer/communications person who oftentimes feels that I left the news business sooner than I should have, a thought that calls into question my sanity given how the newspaper industry has been imploding for the past decade.
Touching on that theme, my first book,Hell AND High Water:The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune, was just published. It's about the 2012 efforts to save the 175-year-old, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning publication, and the changes that have continued to roil it and 13 other Advance Publications/Newhouse newspapers from Portland, Oregon, to Mobile, Alabama.
In addition to newspaper and magazine reporting and writing, I've run communications for a variety of companies and organizations, including Playboy Enterprises. (Yes, I've been to the Playboy Mansion, but only during daylight hours.)