I'm an editor and writer in New York with tons of experience working in print, on the web, and some places in between. 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.
Latest: Right now I'm editing features for the Village Voice. We're looking for smart, style-driven stories about politics and culture, and open to reporting from around the country, not just NYC. Pitch me at my Voice address or my regular email.
For three years I was companies and markets editor at Bloomberg.com (now Bloomberg Digital). When I started, Bloomberg.com's content was drawn almost entirely from stories that had already appeared on Bloomberg's subscription terminals. I was responsible for developing Bloomberg.com's first consumer focused online content, creating a new blog platform and an editorial vision for online coverage of technology, finance, and economics.
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 write most regularly for Money Magazine and for NewYorker.com, the website of the New Yorker. For NewYorker.com I've written recently about the growth of America's imperial cities, and the misconceptions around job security. For Money, I've covered the election season from crazy (the gold standard) to crazy (yes, the orange haired guy). 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, my own writing appeared regularly on my blog, The Market Now. TMN was about all the forces that drove markets and the economy, and covered subjects from the local (New York real estate) to global (the European debt crisis). A Bloomberg.com update took down the original archives. I've re-published some of best posts 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.