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Melding old and new.

After a surprisingly painless evening at the keyboard, I now feel like I have something resembling a writer’s web site! Here’s the blog. There also are pages along the right rail where  you can find my recent work in print, radio and on the web.

On the campaign trail in 2008.

Most of my professional life has been spent as a news reporter. It’s been a wonderful/horrible time to be doing this. Of course, in media terms it’s like the fall of Rome. The truly fine midsize daily I spent nearly a decade working for is fighting for its life. Hoping for a little more stability, I left there two years ago to work in public radio. Last summer, I joined the ranks of what I read somewhere are the one in five career journalists who are now unemployed. Who knew I was actually trading stability for multi-media experience? Truth is, even I read most of my news articles online, so the broadcast and web experience I got in the trade was a good choice. Still, I long for newspapers like a first love — idealized beyond his obvious flaws. Or maybe like a favorite song, perfect until you put it on a turntable and hear kitschy chorus — if you can find a turntable. Anyway, I find myself here hoping to find a way to make use of all my new strengths and reservations.

Check out my recent reporting in the Plain Dealer. The story is an update on an investment advisor named Eric Bartoli, who lived in Wayne County in the 1990s. In the last 10 years he’s (allegedly) stolen upwards of $100 million from investors who didn’t realize his funds didn’t really exist. And, no, he’s not in jail. He’s hiding in Peru, using a fake name and bilking even more Americans out of their life savings — with the apparent knowledge of federal authorities. More than 1 million people read the Sunday PD. Hopefully one or two of them understand extradition treaties.

Read the story here: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2010/01/investors_say_eric_bartoli_che.html

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