Began in '83 as copygirl. A thousand bylines later, I’m off for new vistas, up for new (ad)ventures. Big ideas? Still here. Still hungry. Stillcowan@gmail.com

Reporter and Editor, with proven financial prowess, flair for research and 27 years of experience just at the NYT in daily and investigative journalism, hard news and features. Seeking job that will put expert research and reporting skills to use for a good end. Unafraid of hard work or long hours.

Since 2003, I had been working for the Metro desk, as a domestic correspondent covering Connecticut and as a ...

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Thoughtfully. If someone is going to pitch an idea my way, the idea should be tailored to me, based on stories I have written before. Email is preferred. (Please do not call to ask if I got the pitch. You will just be hampering my ability to respond promptly.) Also, please no texting and no emoji.

Zika fears compound wedding stress for beach-bound brides

houstonchronicle.com — Fear, if not the reality of the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry it, is upending the carefully laid plans of couples who have long wanted a wedding in an exotic tropical locale.

Fear of Zika Virus Is Putting a Damper on Destination Weddings

nytimes.com — Fear, if not the reality of the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry it, has not only cast its shadow on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, but is upending the carefully laid plans of couples who have long wanted a wedding in an exotic tropical locale.

Mayor Cleared in Stamford After Months Under Scrutiny

nytimes.com — STAMFORD, Conn., May 5 - Mayor Dannel P. Malloy has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the state's top prosecutor after a 17-month criminal investigation of his public and private life. Christopher L.

From Brooklyn Office, Mixing Clout and Charity

nytimes.com — Besides Mr. Markowitz, however, few other elected officials in New York City have established such charities to the same degree, according to city records. (Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a billionaire, has his own charity that does extensive work in the city, but it is largely self-financed.)

Fighting a Fake Dating Profile, Together

nytimes.com — He was struck by how kind she was to all who buzzed about her, and returned twice more, observing her from afar, before he finally struck up a conversation after the third class. It revolved around gut bacteria, and they continued talking about it as they stepped out onto the sidewalk on 57th Street and Lexington.

Later, not sooner

arkansasonline.com — The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of this small town, in a rambling shingle house where Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.

Later, not sooner

nwaonline.com — The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of this small town, in a rambling shingle house where Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.

Save this for Volume II of "What Do You Say, Dear?"

linkedin.com — In every decent project, there are often the things you learn along the way that make the entire effort worth it, even if they do not all make it into the, ahem, 1200-word story.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: A Sendak Museum

nytimes.com — RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of this small town, in a rambling shingle house where Mr. Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.

The Paper Trail of Jerry Seinfeld Leads Back to Ellis Island and Beyond

nytimes.com — Jerry Seinfeld is New York royalty because he has the elements of street cred: a degree from Queens College, a history as a Mets fan, a television show set on the Upper West Side and, as it turns out, quintessential New York roots.
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Aug 12, 2016

Kudos to Bklyn @EDNYnews & judge for taking sexl assault seriously  http://bit.ly/2b4Cs9N  v. Baltimore law enforcmt  http://nyti.ms/2aFAPkJ 

Aug 03, 2016

@kristinhussey1, hysterically funny movie - if you're a #MAM (=middle-aged mom.) Can't believe 2 men wrote it. Have @ProPublica investigate

Jul 31, 2016

Retweeted Jack McCain (@McCainJack): I hope this one burns too, you ignorant racists. Here is us on our wedding...  http://fb.me/87r4KmMsd 

Jul 31, 2016

RT @McCainJack: I hope this one burns too, you ignorant racists. Here is us on our wedding day. @Reneeitchka https://t.co/1VSd2gqH9W

Jul 29, 2016

Urgent question from a far-from-perfect mom who does not even have time to read reviews: Is it a mistake to see "Bad Moms" with your kids?

Jul 29, 2016

-- and brilliantly offering to lend him the copy he then quotes from. I'd have to agree.  https://twitter.com/PhilipRucker/status/758835578347462662 

Jul 29, 2016

Retweeted CNBC (@CNBC): Searches for 'register to vote' topped 'Kim Kardashian' during DNC  http://cnb.cx/2agWnQu   http://fb.me/3NSYTKV93 


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