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Bio & Disclosures

Journalism

I began my journalism career writing and editing for my college paper, the Florida Atlantic University Press, first on a volunteer basis, and then getting full time gigs there as news editor and managing editor.

Prior to my first professional journalism job, I started a blog, Amendment Drum, where I’d share thoughts about politics and other topics.

As an intern at Defenders of Wildlife, I contributed a few articles for their print publication, Defenders. I also wrote and edited for a local online music website, Soundbite Magazine, on a volunteer basis.

My main job now is as a community news reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where I cover local politics, business, development, education, crime and other issues in various communities in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Through our parent company, Tribune Publishing, and content sharing agreements, many of my articles are also published to the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, and Orlando Sentinel’s websites, with some appearing on the Baltimore Sun’s, Hartford Courant’s, and Morning Call’s websites as well. Some of the articles I have written at the Sun Sentinel have also been picked up by the Associated Press, MSN, and other outlets.

I occasionally freelance for WhoWhatWhy, where I write breaking news and analysis articles on state, national, and global political issues. Some of those articles are then posted on Salon.com.

As a volunteer, I have contributed to MuckRock’s “Use of Force Policy” project and judged the Society of Professional Journalists’ Florida high school journalism contest.

When I was eight years old, I wore a t-shirt and held a sign for a mayoral campaign with my friend and his mother, but I have never donated to a political campaign.

Music

Since before my career in journalism, I have been a professional musician. I play drums and percussion in two main projects — Joel Da Silva, a blues, soul and Americana singer, songwriter and guitarist; and Coral Canyons, a rock and roll band.

I have performed live and recorded with a number of other artists — a comprehensive list can be found here.

I also teach private drum lessons to beginning and intermediate drum students.

For contact and social media information, see my Contact page.