I grew up in a little factory town in southern New Jersey. I wanted to be a reporter since the fourth grade, when I read back-to-back children’s biographies of Joseph Pulitzer and Nellie Bly -- and that’s what I became.
I spent much of my career at the Washington Post. As a New York-based correspondent, I covered such subjects as the AIDS epidemic, financial industry upheavals, and urban life and development for the Style section, and wrote extensively about arts and culture. I also published stories about drag bingo, oddball off-Broadway musicals and Martha Stewart. Then, moving to the Washington Post Magazine, I wrote long cover stories about veterans’ problems with the military disability system, the future of retirement -- and competitive skateboarders. I’ve also written for a variety of other publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Esquire, Parenting, Glamour, Ms and several city magazines.
Currently, I write the New Old Age blog for The New York Times, and train the next generation of journalists at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I was the 2009 Distinguished Teacher of the Year. I live in Montclair, New Jersey, and I’m the parent of a terrific grown daughter.
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