Freelance writer for hire. Regular contributor @CBSLocal. Newsday, WSJ, ESPN Mag, too. Pop-a-shot record holder. Learn more on my blog.

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I was eight years old when my family got its first computer, which instantly gave my writing a sense of legitimacy. I awoke at hours I now find ungodly to write recaps of entire New York Yankees seasons (yes, the Yankees—their seasons were typically more interesting than my beloved Mets’).

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What was your first job as a journalist?

First? The Huguenot Herald (HS paper). First real paper? The Journal News. First to pay me? The Michigan Daily in college.

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Digital voice recorder and laptop as far as technology. Otherwise a pen and a pad.

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