Big World Magazine, to encourage multimedia storytelling about places.I specialize in writing about international affairs, and in 2009 founded
As an editor at Global Finance magazine and a Latin America reporter for the Associated Press and other publications, I spent a decade covering seminal events in the developing world, from the Mexican debt crisis and the North American Free Trade Agreement to Russia's emergence from the old USSR and Turkey's stymied efforts to join the European Union.
My stories have appeared in Institutional Investor, Islands and Working Woman magazines, and in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday and the Miami Herald.
A journalism professor in the English Department of Central Connecticut State University, I'm passionate about helping the next generation of journalists reshape the field.
I also direct The Istanbul Project, a summer foreign reporting program in Istanbul, Turkey, for the Institute for Education in International Media and San Francisco State University, and serve on the editorial board of the national study-abroad magazine Abroad View.
Practice Multimedia Reporting in Turkey in Summer 2013
In 2011, undergraduate students produced the digital magazine Istanbul Stories, and the book Faces of Istanbul. Get more info about the 2013 program here.
A Magazine for Italy's Le Marche region
In the summer of 2010, I led 11 university students in developing an English-language travel and culture magazine for Italy's Le Marche region, under the auspices of the Institute for Education in International Media. (Never has an assignment come with so much prosecco).
Click on the PDF above to see our work.
"It looks fabulous! Can't wait to receive my copy. I'd love to come back again next year!"
"It looks AWESOME! I'm really proud to show it off!
"I am so proud of the final result."
Mexico's mid-90s currency meltdown cut an excruciating swath across Latin America. Furious Argentines still call it the tequilla crisis.
I covered the story, in New York and Mexico.
The News from Albania
Even speaking with a foreigner, during most of the Stalinist 20th century, was punishable by death. But the bravest Albanians turned pots and pans into broadcast receivers, and hid them under the eaves of their houses. Western TV beamed in news of Ferraris, discos and blondes -- and also of the fall of the Wall. That brought rebellion, then exodus.
Researching my master's thesis on the mass exodus of Albanians from their country after the collapse of the Soviet Union, I established that it takes about four years for migrants to get the message that a particular place no longer welcomes them.
Wild Days in Brighton
I enjoyed soaking up British culture, as I studied for a master's degree in economic history at the London School of Economics. But I missed Mediterranean life.
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