Samples

My work has appeared in various newspapers and small magazines. My current work is on the op-ed page of the Arizona Daily Star (and the home page of this website) but prior to that, I wrote a family life column that ran for a dozen years in various outlets, including the Dallas Morning News and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and sold more than 100 articles to numerous Catholic publications, including to The National Catholic Reporter and Saint Anthony Messenger. Additionally, I was an op-ed columnist for four different Catholic newspapers from 1992 to 2003.

When I worked as an education reporter from 2007-2009, my primary focus was higher education, but I also covered the murder of a police officer, served as a dive-bomb reporter on the sports desk, wrote the obituary of a former crime boss and got to interview Gloria Steinem for a piece on a local mathematician. Samples of my work are below.

Op-ed commentary

This is what white privilege looks like

How we can do school despite COVID

There’s only one way to get the bishops to listen: Close your wallet

Five Tips for College Freshmen and Their Parents

What teachers REALLY do all summer

Migrants: The next generation

Personal Essays

In The Dark – Portland Magazine

How Erma Bombeck Saved Me

Long-form reporting

Shooter calm during cross-town spree

Religion Reporting and commentary

‘Repair the World’ Jewish Federation Practices Tikun Olam (pg. 113)

Muslim basketball player at UA covers up in games

Bishop lacked politicos gene

Dealing with the ‘December Dilemma’

Pope Francis’ challenge to the clergy

Responses to bin Laden’s death

Thoughts on Communion Denial

Quran burning, un-Christian hate and un-Islamic violence

Feature Writing

Tucson teens perform hard work in Big Easy

Local touches for Congresswoman’s vows

UA dean helps rescue India sex workers

Obituary of Salvatore “Bill” Bonanno, son of legendary crime boss

Where are they now? Citizen employees a year after the closure

John Pepper: University of Arizona professor does ground-breaking research with cancer cell computer modeling in spite of stroke that destroyed nearly one-quarter of his brain.

Sheila Tobias: A non-mathematician, non-scientist, feminist Sheila Tobias spent her career raising awareness about, and fighting against, gender inequality in the teaching of math and science. Featuring interview with Gloria Steinem.

Higher Education Reporting

UA changes will affect women, minorities disproportionately

Helicopter parents now common at universities

Proposed stimulus could greatly aid UA, community colleges

New grads face tighter job market

Investigation: Basketball Coach Lute Olson

Is Olson getting special treatment?

Olson out on medical leave

Olson: AD told him to be mum about leave

Olson announces retirement; denial by UA president

Olson gets neither big payout or big penalty

Breaking News

Federal Charges in Giffords Shooting Cite Assassination Plan (contributing reporter; New York Times)

Regents reverse themselves overnight on tuition hike

Head of UA’s Bio5 Institute quits

Car, driver among perks for new UA VP

Sixth Street landowner settles with UA