Background: I first began to fantasize about being a reporter when I was 10 years old in the fourth grade. The events of the 1960s including Vietnam, the political assassinations of JFK, RFK, M.L. King, Malcom X and others, and the various social movements all interested me tremendously and led me to read newspapers avidly. I received a bachelor's degree in communications from San Francisco State University and pursued graduate classes in Mass Communication at Boston University. I've been an NPR junkie since it came on the air in the early 1970s.
Newspapers I always read: Boston Globe, NY Times, The Guardian Weekly. Online versions of the Financial Times, the Independent, the Times of London, The Nation, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post.
Magazines I always read: Scientific American. Online versions of Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, The Progressive
If I could interview one person (living or dead) it would be Nelson Mandela for his take on the many political and social events unfolding around the world.
Favorite blogs: Huffington Post, Salon
Favorite podcast: Democracy Now!, Fresh Air, NPR Science Friday, BBC Radio 4's The Film Program, This American Life.
Favorite journalists: David Halberstam, Amy Goodman, I.F. Stone
Favorite authors: Jared Diamond, John Steinbeck, Noam Chomsky.
Favorite books: The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Cider House Rules by John Irving, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg, Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, Hugo by Bart Jones, On The Run by Philip Agee, Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky, Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.
Best movie about journalism: All the President's Men
When not listening to news, I listen to/watch: Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), In Treatment (HBO), Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO), Waking the Dead (PBS).
If I wasn’t a radio anchor I’d be an underwater photographer.
The best part of my job is being my own writer, producer and editor.
The last album I recommended to a friend was The Firesign Theater.
People would be surprised to know that I used to make and sell jewelry as a Street Artist in San Francisco in the late 1970s.