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I have a trip coming up in Japan for Smithsonian Journeys, with stories about baseball and ramen. I was also invited to speak at Tsurumi University near Tokyo. I’ll then be in Tanzania on a story about efforts to combat malaria, and in Switzerland to attend the 2016 Travel Classics Conference.
I’m at work now on stories about Hawaii for Islands, and have recent and upcoming publications in the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Geographical (U.K.), National Geographic Traveller India, National Geographic Traveler Netherlands, and Four Seasons Magazine. After being named the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, I was invited to become a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.
I’m a writer for national publications. My stories, along with some of my photos that I’ve scattered through the site, have appeared in Discover, Salon, Reuters, The Atlantic, ForbesLife, the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest,Golf Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others.
My topics are wide-ranging. I’ve interviewed Nelson Mandela and street gang members in prisons, and I’ve ruminated on the challenges of coaching little league and the myriad agonies of golf. I spent three years in South Africa and two in the Middle East, and have reported in several dozen countries, among them Iraq, Libya, Morocco, and Niger.
In 2015 I was the double-winner of the American Society of Journalists & Authors Award, including my story on seeking awe in Botswana (National Geographic Traveler) and for editorial writing for an op-ed on Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Industry (Haaretz). I’m a previous winner of ASJA, and of others including the Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Award, the Simon Rockower Award for investigative reporting, and the Solas Travel Writing Award. I’ve received grants and fellowships from Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and Religion Writers of America. My work has been included in anthologies and collections including Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best Travel Writing, and Best Jewish Writing, and I’ve been a guest on national media, among them MSNBC, CBS News, the Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and Washington Post Radio, among others.
I live outside of Philadelphia.
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