I'm an author, longtime Boston Globe contributor and freelance journalist. From 1995-2004 I was a pop music and culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. I've been an editor for Rolling Stone and a consultant for Pandora and SiriusXM. I teach in the Journalism department at Emerson College.

In my spare time, I am the Program Director and events moderator for the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and founder of Lit Crawl Boston. I have served as a Library Trustee, an alumni mentor at the University of New Hampshire, and a workshop volunteer at 826 Boston.