I'm an editor and writer in New York with tons of experience working in print, on the web, and some places in between. At the Village Voice, I edit features, working with both new and established writer on New York City and national stories. As an editor at Bloomberg Digital I launched Bloomberg's first web-native content. In my life as a writer I've covered the full gamut of stories in business and culture, and written about people ranging from George Soros to the malpractice lawyers who advertise on the New York subways. I hold a much under-used degree in philosophy.
Right now I'm the acting features editor at the Village Voice, having joined the paper in September 2016. I've led the Voice's coverage of national politics, publishing high profile pieces like Aleksandar Hemon's essay on and reported features like Sulome Anderson's Escape to New York. I've also assigned and edited a range of stories about New York City, from Selin Thomas's essay about Harlem and Ralph Ellison to an unvarnished portrait of Bo Dietl, New York's craziest mayoral candidate. Most of the stories I've work on appear both in print and on the web. Online, they have been among the most read stories at the Voice, some with 10,000-plus social shares.
As an editor I worked to make Bloomberg's reporting accessible to a broad audience while staying true to Bloomberg's heritage in finance. I edited stories and helped writers find their voices on subjects from the tech industry to the art market. My team doubled the share of traffic that came from social referrals, massively increased video views, and built the audience for Bloomberg's investigative projects. I've since developed features and data-driven reporting as a consultant and editor for other outlets.
These days I mostly edit, and the most writing I have done has been mostly for NewYorker.com, where I've written about the growth of America's imperial cities, and the misconceptions around job security. For Money.com, Time Inc. personal finance site, I covered the presidential election. I've also written about criminal justice for Fusion, who sent me to the place in the U.S. you're most likely to get arrested. I also blog occasionally at Chumpchanger.com.
At Bloomberg, I wrote regularly about all the forces that drove markets and the economy, on subjects from local (New York real estate) to global (the European debt crisis). A Bloomberg.com update took down the original archives of most of these stories. I've re-published some of best posts from my Bloomberg blog, The Market Now at Chumpchanger.com: 4 BRs, $29,750 a Month | No Warsaw Pact? No Problem! | What Happened to the Great Wealth Debate? | It's Hang-the-Pig Time in U.S. Court.
Prior to that I wrote for New York Magazine, Slate.com, Businessweek and other outlets. "The Equation" [website] [PDF], my favorite story of those I wrote for New York, followed the three way tug of war between a hospital, a malpractice lawyer, and the mother of a child born with brain damage. In a different vein, "Little Better Yellow Different" [website] [PDF] is a skeptical take on the ad business.
As a columnist for Slate's financial news site The Big Money, I published more than a hundred stories. Among them, investigations of the the for-profit college racket in "Sue This School," and the much hyped "person to person" loan business [PDF]. Many of my columns -- like "Leave Steve Alone" [PDF], about Steve Jobs's cancer, or "Don't Bet on Meg" [PDF] -- covered the places where money and culture met in interesting ways.
Earlier in my career I was a senior writer at Fortune. Some stories that hold up now: Three months of reporting led to "Sam Walton Made Us a Promise" [PDF], a nuanced look at Wal-Mart's workforce. | "You Bought, They Sold" [PDF] was a Fortune cover project I conceived to illustrate the amazing peaks of executive greed. | "George Soros is Mad As Hell" [PDF] profiled the internationalist billionaire. | "Now That We Live In A Tom Peters World, Has Tom Peters Gone Crazy?" [PDF] was an early feature that's still worth reading.