Profiling musicians for a rock and roll web ‘zine called Addicted to Noise first tested my skills. Founded by a former Rolling Stone writer, ATN was a late 1990’s online magazine that included audio samples alongside new album reviews and was later folded into MTVi. During this era, I sat down with musicians from all genres—some famous, others not as much. The more vigorously opinionated the artist, the better the interview. Candor and sometimes vitriol make for great copy.
I pressed on in non-commercial radio as host of an arts and culture program. On the production team of the eclectic San Francisco talk show, KQED’s “FORUM,” I spoke with industry experts and created interview questions on topics like deregulation of the power industry, documentary filmmaking, and education.
In the early days of the digital economy, I reported on web businesses and large scale data projects for high tech trade publications. In 2001, I built my first weblog (“Tempest in a Teapot”) with an open source blogging platform called Moveable Type.
Nowadays, I watch with interest for shifts in the climate change conversation, and try to add informative reporting on topics most touched by the tentacled beast: geopolitics, economics, renewable technology and social activism. A far greater test than rock and roll writing. Whenever I wrestle with this subject, I wonder if this time I am going to get pinned.
A partial list of my published stuff includes:
- A Beautiful Perspective combining journalism, storytelling and live experiences
- The Daily Climate a curated climate newsfeed
- SEED Magazine an online science magazine
- Berkeley Ecology Center’s Terrain Magazine
- Berkeley Science Review
- parenting magazine Red Tricycle
- Education Technology blog MindShift
- Class Dojo, Education Technology software application
- UCSF’s Campus Life Services department