Category: Freelance Life

Wow! An Eddie Awards Finalist!

I’m beyond excited to share the news that I’ve been named a finalist in not one, but two categories of this year’s Folio: Eddie Awards, one of the top competitions in all of U.S. magazines. My article “When the Call Came” for Yachting (titled…

Into the World of Dog DNA

It was exciting to work on this story for The Washington Post about controversy swirling in the world of dog DNA tests. I had about 48 hours to learn everything I could about the emerging science of canine genetics testing, including interviewing more than…

When a Boating Story is a Civil Rights Story

I was thrilled to write this article for Soundings about a boater who has challenged a $75 fine all the way up through the Pennsylvania court system, to the point that he’s attracted civil-rights attorneys who are promising to take the case even further…

Washington Post Feature About Rescuers Who Buy Dogs at Auctions

My story is he first time that anyone has ever documented—in dollars and cents—the multimillion-dollar river of cash that is flowing from rescue nonprofits, shelters and dog-advocacy groups through auctions into the pockets of dog breeders.

3 Awards from the NJ Society of Professional Journalists

The New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced the winners of its annual writing competition today (for work done in 2016). I’m thrilled and honored to share the news that I earned three prizes in this year’s competition in my home…

When the Call Came

In 17 years of writing for marine magazines, I’ve rarely had the chance to craft a story like this one that Yachting just published. I’m so thrilled to share it here. Originally, this was supposed to be a much shorter piece, maybe 500 words…

3 Awards from Boating Writers International

I was both humbled and thrilled to learn this morning that three articles I wrote in 2016 won awards in the annual writing competition held by Boating Writers International. My feature “The Future is Now,” about the use of virtual reality in yacht building, written…

Virtual Reality Enters the Yacht Industry

I’m super-proud of the lead cover feature that I wrote for the issue of Yachts International that is on newsstands now. It’s about the use of virtual reality in everything from the design to the construction to the marketing of yachts—a nascent field that…

Two Writing Awards from Boating Writers International

Exciting! I was thrilled to learn this morning that I earned two awards in the 2015 Boating Writers International Writing Competition, whose winners were announced today. My piece titled “Florida’s Aging Bridges” earned first prize in the category Boating Issues, News and Analysis. It…

Meet Me at the ASJA Writers’ Conference

Registration is open for the 2016 ASJA Writers Conference, where I’ll be hosting a panel about legal issues facing writers. I’ll be joined by fellow members of the ASJA Contracts & Conflicts Committee, which I chair.

Are You Going to the Miami International Boat Show?

I had the pleasure of writing Yachting magazine’s February issue centerpiece: a nine-page preview of the upcoming Miami International Boat Show, which is moving to a new home this year on Virginia Key. The coverage also includes the new Yachts Miami Beach show, which…

A Visionary’s Playground

The September issue of Yachting magazine is one of my biggest efforts each year. I’m the charter editor, and for this issue I had to select and organize somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 of the world’s most interesting charter yachts while writing 29 pages of columns…