RECENT-ISH WORK – Updated August 2019
– National treasure. A profile of Rita Dove, a University of Virginia professor, former poet laureate, and finalist for the National Book Award, after the release of her most recent collection. For UVA’s alumni magazine.
– Could artificial intelligence save the Pentagon $15 billion a year? A Silicon Valley billionaire has an ambitious plan to help the U.S. Department of Defense stay ahead of China in the race for artificial intelligence. But can the Pentagon move fast enough to make it happen?
– What happens to the people who don’t finish the Marine Corps Marathon? I pitched and reported a photo essay about the straggler buses that collect runners along the course of one of the nation’s largest marathons. For Washingtonian.
– From fashion to the farm. One of the co-founders of Cisco Systems and the groundbreaking Urban Decay cosmetics thinks she can change the world again: with new food for rest stops. For Distinction Magazine.
– When your son shouts at the moon. A reflection on wonder. Posted to Medium.
– Stepping up to the plate for the last time. A story about the last at bat in one player’s career, the transition to adulthood and why the final time you do something you love is so memorable and meaningful. For The Pilot’s Magazine section.
– Does Daryl Davis hold the key to racial harmony? Why has a black musician has befriended members of the Ku Klux Klan? For Bethesda Magazine.
– From Bollywood to Big Gulps and back. A profile of a local 7-Eleven owner who was anonymous to the students who came to her store but was one of Bollywood’s leading ladies in the 1970s and made a return to film in 2011.
– Hard Pressed. Are some of the most historically significant apples in Virginia enough to push a burgeoning cidery to regional prominence? For Distinction Magazine.
– Satellites in the crosshairs A deep dive explaining why the U.S. Air Force is shifting more than $5.5 billion to protect its satellites on orbit. For SpaceNews Magazine.
– Shelton orders shutdown of Space Fence. I broke the story of the Air Force closing a key component to its space-debris tracking system. NPR, The Atlantic Wire, and several other national outlets followed this story, citing SpaceNews. The Air Force confirmed the story six days later.
– War started with shock-and-awe, ends with a shrug. Norfolk’s most iconic images come from the bawdy V-J day celebrations in the streets that marked the end of World War II. When President Obama announced the end of combat activities in Iraq, I visited these same blocks to capture Norfolk’s reaction.
– Farewell, readers, it’s been a ride to remember. After my final column ran for The Virginian-Pilot, I heard from more than 500 readers.
– Meet the Groundpounders of the Marine Corps Marathon. I pitched a profile of the four men, now in their 60’s and 70’s, who have run every edition of the Marine Corps Marathon to Runner’s World. The story generated more than 3,500 likes and over 600 shares on Facebook. I followed up on the men after the race.
– ODU mascot: Big Blue shoes to fill. Could a university mascot be the difference in a national championship? I sat through mascot auditions at Old Dominion University and explain why the school’s athletic department puts such value on the role.
– Hope and Glory. A story for Hampton Roads Magazine about how sports fans in the region have become so jaded to the heartache that comes from nearly landing a professional team, they are now largely hopeless.
– Life’s More Exciting Since I Got a Ringmaster. A Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s ringmaster spent the afternoon treating each of my daily activities with all the excitement of the circus.