About + Résumé

I’m an award-winning journalist, blogger and former adjunct university professor.

You can find a more complete version of my work and educational background in my résumé, my curriculum vitae or my LinkedIn profile, but here are a few quick hits.

Big stuff:

I specialize in legal, science and investigative writing, but I’ve covered topics as varied as the Thai sex trade, particle physics, coal power, crime, courts, education, pollution, frogs and political arrests.

I taught journalism at Loyola University Chicago from 2012 to 2015, with a focus on data journalism and research methods.

My blog 1,001 Chicago Afternoons, a modern version of the 1920s Chicago Daily News column “1001 Afternoons in Chicago,” won a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism for 2013.

In 2015, I was selected as one of the literary voices to tell the story of the city in the Chicago History Museum’s “Chicago Authored” exhibit, running through 2017.

Weird stuff:

Steve Bruce of legendary Oi! band Cock Sparrer included some of my music writing in the 2011 memoir The Best Seat in the House.

My published fiction writing includes a story in an anthology titled “Requiem for the Radioactive Monkeys.”

I run a walking tour company focusing on Chicago political corruption.


Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, MSJ 2008 with a double focus on new media journalism and science writing.

University of Missouri, BJ 2002 with a focus on newspaper journalism and a minor in History.

Major work experience:

I am currently editor of Chicago Lawyer magazine and copy editor with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin newspaper. Past staff positions have included assistant editor for Leading Lawyers magazine, editorial operations coordinator for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, local editor for AOL’s Patch.com, education reporter for the Aurora (Ill.) Beacon-News and government reporter for the Kane County (Ill.) Chronicle.


I’ve been lucky enough to keep a steady freelance sidebar since 2002, variously producing articles and corporate, marketing and ad copy for clients ranging from the Chicago Tribune and the Agence France-Presse to Campfire Marshmallows and U.S. Soy. Email for rates.

Spoken word:

I co-host a semi-regular reading series collecting poets and storytellers from different Chicago neighborhoods, pairing them with local artists to create what the Chicago Tribune called “a living graphic novel.” Past readings have partnered with the University of Chicago’s Studs Terkel festival, the Printers Row Lit Fest, the Chicago Book Expo and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Word Weekend and MCA Live programs.

As a solo performer, I’ve appeared on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift, the Paper Machete, Tuesday Funk, The Marrow, Essay Fiesta, Your Chicago Podcast, Story Lab Chicago, That’s All She Wrote and Twilight Tales. Find upcoming appearances.


I’ve been called “brilliant and savage,” “delightful and artful,” “as much like Terkel as Hecht,” “Scheherazade of the City” and “a dick.”

Why don’t you hire me to find out which one is right?