I am a journalist, author, documentary film maker and digital-age entrepreneur. I started out as a reporter at a small NPR affiliate in Amherst, MA in 1984, and I have a particular love for working with audio. But most of my craft has been as a writer and largely as a foreign correspondent with about 20 years of experience in the Middle East. I have also served as an on-air correspondent in two documentaries on the still-unfolding revolution in Egypt for PBS FRONTLINE.
In 2008, I left The Boston Globe, where I worked for 15 years and where I served as Middle East bureau chief covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and ventured into the world of startups. In 2009, I co-founded GlobalPost, an online international news organization based in Massachusetts.
As GlobalPost Executive Editor from 2009 to 2013, I built a great team of about 70 correspondents in 50 countries and a dozen full-time editors in Boston. This team has earned a reputation for punching above its weight class and has won numerous awards, including the Polk, the Peabody, several Overseas Press Club awards and others.
In the last year, I have dedicated my efforts to building a new foundation-supported initiative known as The GroundTruth Project, which seeks to train the next generation of foreign correspondents and to produce in-depth and investigative coverage of social justice issues. These projects, supported by Ford, Luce, Kaiser and other foundations, are published as GlobalPost Special Reports and, whenever possible, are carried out in partnership with PRI's The World.