I recently moved to Austin, TX to co-found a new media startup, The Daily Dot, along with co-conspirators, Josh Jones-Dilworth and Nova Spivack.
Previously, I was Vice President of Audience Development for Sandusky
Newspapers, Inc. Midwest Division and a reluctant futurist. Before
that, I was the company’s Interactive Media Director.
Sandusky, a private company, was founded in 1822 and has newspaper
and radio holdings in major markets across the US. The company has its
roots in Sandusky, Ohio, where the same family has owned the Sandusky
Register since 1869, making it one of the longest continuously owned
daily newspapers in the nation.
I was born in California and since leaving home I've lived in
Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York City, and Norwalk and Sandusky,
Ohio. I currently reside with my wife, Louisa Edwards, the romance novelist, and our two dogs, Hunter and Oscar (as in Hunter S. Thompson and Oscar Acosta) in Austin.
In my spare time, I learn stuff. I have a bachelor's degree from
Haverford College, a master's from Columbia University, and I hold
professional certificates from New York University and Case Western
Reserve University. I have also taken courses at the New School and
Oberlin. I'm currently a graduate student at the University of
Most importantly, I coined the word "karaover."
Before starting in the newspaper business as a reporter, I had a
spectacularly unsuccessful career in the film business in Los Angeles
and New York City.