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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 Boating Writers International

I am humbled and honored to say that I won three awards today in the annual writing competition of Boating Writers International. One was a third-place prize in the Seamanship, Rescue and Safety category for “When the Call Came,” the story of a harrowing…

DWAA Names ‘The Dog Merchants’ A Best Book of 2016

The Dog Writers Association of America, at its banquet today in Manhattan, named The Dog Merchants a best book for 2016. The Dog Merchants tied for the top spot in our category with Reporting for Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs…

Happy Anniversary to CharterWave!

A full decade ago—the same year that Twitter went live—I launched a website called CharterWave. Now, in celebration of the site’s 10-year anniversary and widespread success, I’ve relaunched the site with a whole new look. CharterWave was one of the first niche websites in the…

Warning: Many Adorable Puppies in My New Book’s Promo Video

Join Me at the 2015 ASJA Writers’ Conference

I have been asked to serve as a panelist at the 2015 conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I’ll be alongside ASJA Vice President Sherry Beck Paprocki and authors’ attorney Sallie Randolph for the panel “Business Matters: Proposals, Contracts and More.”…

Booking Yachts with Bitcon

This special report for Yachting magazine about the growing use of bitcoin in the yacht marketplace is one of the most interesting topics I’ve had the opportunity to write about in a long time. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I…

Facebook Promoted Posts: False Advertising, Pitiful Reach

I recently tried my first Facebook Promoted Post on the fan page for my book Little Boy Blue. We have a new program in partnership with my publisher, Barron’s, that gives free lesson plans to 11th- and 12th-grade English and Journalism teachers who want…

Sears Customer Service: It’d Be Faster for Me to Become a Repairman Myself

My refrigerator went out, along with all my power, when Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey on August 28. When the lights finally came back on a week later, the refrigerator did not. It’s a 2006 Kenmore purchased at Sears, and where I live, Sears…