Professional Experience

      USA TODAY: 1989-2013

Breaking News/Religion specialty (2010-13)

Religion, spirituality and ethics beat (1999 to 2010)

Established the beat at USA TODAY. Set the bar for media coverage of social trends survey research. Highlights:

American Religious Identification Survey

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey followed by a cascade of Pew Forum stories such as:

Baylor Religion Survey introduces four views of God

LifeWay Research reports such as the finding that Christmas is more jingle than Jesus

Faith & Reason Blog (2008-12)

Launched a leading national religion blogs and led the civil-but-lively discussion forum. A sampling of posts, pegged to news and newsworthy research:

Features, profiles, coverage of biomedical issues (1999 to 2010)

Memorable moments:

Leisure travel (1990-99)

I ranged from Seattle to Cuba to Jerusalem, addressing the needs of budget vacationers, the desires of luxury travelers, and the dreams of armchair voyagers.

THE MIAMI HERALD, Miami, Fl,:  1972-1989


  • 1973 Arab-Israeli War and 1976 Entebbe rescue exclusive stories
  • Personal columnist, 1979-83
  • Lead feature project writer/editor, 1984-87 Orchestrated survey research and reporting two comprehensive series: Political and personal impact of abortion in Florida; Economic, social and judicial impact of divorce.
  • Assistant Editor of Living Today, 1988-1989. Penney Missouri Journalism Awards for best feature section


  •  East West Center Senior Journalists Seminar: Islam in Asia, 2007
  • Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion 2005
  • USA TODAY Enterprise All-Star, 2001 and finalist for Best of USA Today, 2005
  • 1987-1988 University of Michigan Journalism Fellowship
  • Nominated for Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting, 2006


 Religion Newswriters Association: Board member 2005-11, convention co-chair 2009-10



  • B.S.J. Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism
  • Graduate of a three-course certificate program in Clinical Ethics and Health Policy from the Center for Practical Bioethics, May 2013

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