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A collection of press passes from various places and points in my reporting career. They're a bit like steamer-trunk stickers, serving more as memorabilia than anything else.
Times Square, 2005
I chaired the Online News Association conference in New York City. ONA was a pivotal organization in my transition from television reporter to digital media executive. I joined soon after its formation and figured out this business with other Internet pioneers who were looking for networking and support. In 2005, Reuters was one of the conference sponsors. They photographed the first day of the gathering, then projected photos on their big neon sign in Times Square late that Saturday night.
Corporate Offices, 2015
Realtor.com is owned by NewsCorp and some of the News & Advice editorial team works out of this space.
With Yahoo engineering team, Amman
Yahoo's far-flung offices often meant for some long distance working relationships. When I took on development of the company's co-branded partner portals, the engineering team I inherited was based in Jordan.
Yahoo Taiwan, 2015
As director of mobile search for Yahoo, I worked with a great team of frontend engineers in Taiwan. Earlier, as Yahoo's local editor, I led a small team of editors based in nine U.S. cities.
At the Dallas Morning News.
With The Dallas Morning News
I just had to stop for this snapshot outside our Denton County bureau during a weekend day trip. There wasn't a better place anywhere to take a selfie with our masthead.
Reporting at the scene of a devastating fire in Scotia, California
The 1992 Cape Mendocino earthquakes shook the remote communities of Ferndale, Petrolia and Scotia in April, 1992. KRON sent us up there by helicopter after the 7.2 magnitude main shock. But overnight, we were jolted awake by another 6+ temblor that started a massive fire in the lumber town of Scotia, burning down that community's business center. After hitching a wild ride with a newspaper reporter, we watched all night as firefighters could only contain the damage.
Lava flow at Kalapana, Hawaii, 1990
Any reporter will tell you that you need a little humor to get through long vigils at tough stories. This was one such moment, captured by my colleague. But the slow-motion disaster that covered the coastal village of Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii was no laughing matter. The Kilauea volcano has long belched lava and buried areas of the island's southern coast. This time, it marched down the main road for several days, forcing residents to relocate a historic church. No lives were lost, though many stoic Hawaiians were permanently uprooted.
San Francisco Earthquake, Oct. 17, 1989
San Francisco's powerhouse NBC affiliate, KRON-TV hired me out of Buffalo, NY to augment their stable of top-flight field reporters. Two weeks after I arrived, the biggest earthquake in nearly a century struck San Francisco and became one of the biggest of my TV career. I spent that night reporting from the collapsed Cypress Freeway in Oakland, where the greatest loss of life occurred. Here I interviewed a man who had crawled between the pancaked decks to see if anyone was alive in their cars.
JCTV, Tokyo. 1984.
My first job out of college was working for ABC News in Tokyo. But there I was an evening assistant. To make ends meet I found a job at the TV station across the street which cablecast news in English to ex-pats and hotels. It was my only anchor role over my career. I preferred gathering the news to reading it.
CNN, Tokyo. 1984.
JCTV was a tiny Englsh-language offshoot of Asahi TV, a major Japanese network. While I read the news there, an even tinier network partnered with JCTV, called CNN. "Chicken Noodle Network" was how some called it. They opened their Asia office at JCTV in a closet, with a former JCTV anchor and two twenty-something photographers shipped over from the U.S. I filled in occasionally.