Compelling personal stories have captivated me from the beginning of my career. On my first reporting job at The Daily Record in Morristown, N.J., my long-form narratives on topics such as mental illness and abortion drew readers and won journalism awards. Later, as Editorial Director at Covenant House on Times Square, the shelter for homeless and abused youth, I edited publications and wrote their stories in annual reports, brochures, radio scripts and six trade books; Covenant House: Lifeline to the Street (Doubleday) became a New York Times bestseller and raised over 10 million dollars.
My business and personal finance bylines stand out for the expertise and detailed reporting skills I gained while reporting for Editor & Publisher, MediaWeek, and “Staying Ahead,” the syndicated The Washington Post column on personal finance bylined by Jane Bryant Quinn. Since 2001, my freelance bylines have appeared in leading print and digital news outlets, including The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, TheStreet.com, The Star-Ledger and NJ Biz and, most recently (2018-2021), in monthly blogs for businessjournalism.org.
I’ve also contributed to more than three dozen titles as a researcher, editor, collaborator and author. During the financial crisis of 2007-2009, I wrote and edited six trade books with financial experts, three of which became New York Times’ best-sellers, and co-authored Asset Allocation For Dummies® (Wiley) with wealth manager Jerry D. Miccolis. Of all the books my words have touched, I am proudest of New Neighbors, Old Friends, which tells the heart-wrenching stories of Italian immigrants whose sweat built the glittering mansions along “Millionaire’s Row” in Morristown during the Gilded Age.
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