What was your first job as a journalist?
I took high school football scores on the sports desk at The Wisconsin State Journal.
Have you ever used a typewriter?
Yes, I began writing on paper with pencil and graduated to an old automatic typewriter. By college, I owned an electric typewriter.
How is social media changing news?
Social media allows all kinds of stories to be shared by all types of people. Social media can become news if it's true or entertaining.
Who's your favorite fictional journalist?
Wil McAvoy from "The Newsroom." Tough interviews.
What does it mean to be a journalist?
To tell a story with two sides, sans opinion, allowing quotes and facts to tell the truth.
What tools and software do you use to do your job?
All I need is my iPhone, my Mac, the Internet, my Sony handicam and mics.
What's your favorite social network?
Facebook because it's an inside look into the minds and emotions of friends from all walks of life in all parts of the world. Brutally honest
Who do you wish followed you?
Don King. I want to interview him.
Why did you become a journalist?
I have always had questions about so many world issues, politics, history, ideas and more than anything, about how other people think.
Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?
Yes, I wrote one story on Wes Matthews, Sr., going to the '76ers from UW-Madison in the 1980 NBA draft.
What story are you most proud of writing or working on?
I wrote a series on head injuries in sports in 1985 for The Wisconsin State Journal that I was proud of.
What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?
Get out of the office, away from your desk to interview people in person. NEVER insert opinion. Quotes & facts tell stories.
When's the best time to pitch you?
There's no bad time.
What's the best pitch you ever got?
I've had some interesting offers to write biographies for people whom I feared too much to write their truths.
What's your favorite drink?
Coffee. Is there any better drink to start the day, celebrate with friends, pour for a pal, or pair with dessert?
When you're not at a computer, where are you most likely to be?
Reading a book or watching a movie for a keyboard break.
Aside from your own, what's your favorite publication to read?
What's the most common misperception about your beat?
That there are a lot of experts. In reality, there are many self-proclaimed titles without experience to back it up.
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