Journalist, Professor & Entrepreneur in New York
My education includes a Master’s from Columbia University as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the graduate schools of business and journalism. I completed my Executive MBA at The Berlin School of Creative Leadership at Steinbeis University in Germany. I lived in Germany from 2011-2013, as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow and as a European Journalism Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin. I obtained my bachelor’s in political science and minors in classics and mass communications at The University of South Dakota, where I graduated as a thesis scholar and was an Al Neuharth scholar.
My research and writing interests include the startup economy/technology innovation; journalism ethics and history/the new journalists; urban planning/transportation; Europe/Germany/Scandinavia; religion in public life; parenthood/fatherhood; creativity in leadership and media entrepreneurship. I enjoy surfing, reading and traveling with my wife and two daughters.
I spent 10 years as a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, covering a variety of beats including technology, health & science, travel, metals & mining and finance. I’ve written thousands of stories for countless publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheNewYorker.com, The Associated Press, Der Spiegel, The Indianapolis Star, FastCompany.com, ESPN.com, USA Today, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The American Legion, Christianity Today and Forbes.com. I've appeared on international TV and radio programs including CNBC, Fox Business, Infobae, All India Radio and WSJ Radio. I’ve received numerous journalism awards from organizations such as the Overseas Press Club, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Freedom Forum, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Press Club of Long Island. Some of my favorite stories have led me to discover lost relatives in Sweden, explore invasive species underwater in Florida, experience Warren Buffett’s Omaha with visitors from China, uncover Google’s strategy to gobble up university town talent, explain the rise of steel industry billionaires like Lakshmi Mittal or the fall of great companies like General Electric.
As an associate professor at The King’s College in NYC, I direct the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute, I serve as program chair for the Journalism major, co-advise the student journalism platforms (The Empire State Tribune) and founded and co-direct the NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) program. I direct the business reporting program for the Dow Jones News Fund and its training program at New York University. In the spring of 2018, I served as the Laventhol / Newsday Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, serving as lead professor for the capstone M.A. Seminar in Business. I speak regularly at high school and college journalism conferences nationwide and to wide-ranging audiences, from ethical technology summits to foreign policy organizations. My core speaking topics include narrative non-fiction / feature writing, business reporting, opinion writing and entrepreneurship in journalism.
I serve as executive director of The Media Project, a non-profit news platform and training program for international journalists and executive editor of its ReligionUnplugged.com site. I have raised more than $3 million in grant funding from more than two dozen donors and foundations for journalism programs at King’s and The Media Project. I’ve established dozens of national and international partnerships and revenue-generating programs for King’s and The Media Project. I am also founder and CEO of a startup called VettNews, which was one of eight university teams to participate in the NYC Media Lab’s Combine accelerator in the Spring of 2019.