I'm a native of New York City who's called the Green Mountain State of Vermont home since the summer of 1994. A former print journalist and newspaper editor, I turned to blogging in 2005 to take advantage of the growing power and influence of the Internet and report news and information without the limitations imposed by editors and by economic constraints -- and to offer insights on current events that have often been ignored by the mainstream news media. Politically, I acknowledge being an independent left-of-center moderate -- socially liberal and economically conservative -- who's not afraid to sharply criticize hard-liners of both the Left and the Right when necessary.
When I'm not blogging about politics and world events, I host a weekly two-hour radio show on a small, noncommercial, community radio station in Vermont, where I live, in which I play a 50-50 mix of smooth jazz and soft R&B -- or, as I prefer to call it, "cool R&B." I've done it for more than 11 years and I love every minute of it. It's the highlight of my week. My program, "The Quiet Storm," airs each Thursday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. ET (9 a.m. to 11 a.m. PT). You can listen to the live Web stream at:
After a 19-year career as a freelance print journalist and editor, I "hung up my typewriter" for good in 1991, burnt out and fed up with the direction the mainstream news media was going into.
Or so I thought. Then came a wonderful new medium called the internet -- more specifically, the World Wide Web -- which later begat what is now called the Blogosphere.
I've been blogging on politics and world events for the past four years, first once a week, now twice a week.
Along the way, I've discovered how immensely powerful this new medium called the Internet really is. It has given old newspaper hounds like me -- who in the old says were content to reach just a few thousand people over a limited geographical area -- the potential to reach literally millions of people around the world.
Today (December 22, 2009), as my blog begins its fifth year online, I've discovered True/Slant. 2010 promises to be an incredibly rewarding year!
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