My Bio

WHO I AM

My work has been published by Aol, Adweek, Metro New York, Salon, The Nation, Campaign, MTV, MaximumRockNRoll, CBS's BNET and the National Law Journal.

I have won the Society of Professional Journalists' investigative journalism award and the Neal award for business reporting, among others. I am a former Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.

I specialize in legal, business, and investigative reporting, with special expertise in issues such as marketing, advertising, pharmaceuticals and public access to courts. My work has changed the law at both federal and state level multiple times.

I currently work at CBS Interactive's BNET.com.

 

WHERE I'M FROM

I graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in sociology and became the editor of Lancaster’s student newspaper. After I emigrated to the United States my first jobs were as editor of an alternative monthly magazine, The Planet of Hartford, Conn., and as a copy editor at the Torrington, Conn., Register Citizen.

I then moved to the Herald & News of North Jersey, where I became an assistant city editor, a job that involved supervising the crime, courts and municipal news beats.

For three years I was a managing editor at Adweek, which I abandoned in 1999 to become the celebrity news editor at APBnews.com. APB was one of the early spectacular failures of the dot-com bust of 2000 and 2001.

Pink slip in hand, I then joined Brill’s Content as a senior writer before that magazine succumbed to the reality of a marketplace that wanted to read about journalism but not pay for it.

In 2001, I joined the New Jersey Law Journal where I covered issues arising from the Sept. 11 attacks. My reporting on the secret arrests of terror suspects became the subject of two cases, North Jersey Media Group v. Ashcroft and In Re El-Atriss, which both address the rights of reporters seeking access to courts. My work on the death penalty was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Blaze v. Rees.

In 2004, I moved to Brandweek to handle the investigative beat. I produced stories on corruption in the advertising business, which you can read on the home page of this site.

I was also the founding editor of the now-defunct drug blog BrandweekNRX.com (later operated by Peter Rost). During my three years at Brandweek, I was nominated for a Neal award three times and won the award once. I currently work at CBS Interactive's BNET.com, where I write about pharmaceuticals and advertising.