I've worked in radio since I was 16 years old, getting my start at a small commercial music station in Joshua Tree, California.
I spent more than 20 years with WBUR and NPR's Only A Game. I started as the show's Technical Director and worked my way up to Executive Producer and Interim Host. Along the way, I won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting twice -- in 2007 and 2017.
For most of the show's 27-year run, Only A Game was a straightforward public radio style newsmagazine. But in 2014, the station decided to switch to a narrative format. The only problem was, no one knew how to do it.
It was my job to figure out how to make narrative stories. I sought out all of the common wisdom and developed some “best practices" of my own. Now, I share the lessons I learned with podcasters and public radio newsrooms.