What was your first job as a journalist?
I was the managing editor of a monthly general-interest magazine -- with no prior experience. I jumped in at the deep end of the pool.
Have you ever used a typewriter?
Constantly, all the way through college. But all of my professional journalism experience has been on a computer.
How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?
Succinctly, by e-mail, by people who have taken the time to find out what I write about and what may interest me.