PROFESSIONAL SKILLS &
Graphic Designer/Layout Editor
Created front pages, special sections, informational graphics,
feature packages, teases, photo layouts and news pages at the
New York Daily News, The Miami News, The Miami Herald, the Fort
Lauderdale News & Sun-Sentinel, The Boca News and The Herald-News
(N.J.). Did extensive layout work for the national magazine Globe.
Excel at distilling complex stories into clearly-presented graphics
under deadline pressure. Enjoy using photos dramatically and
designing layouts in which the art and display type work together.
Familiar with various mechanical and engraving techniques used
in the printing industry, including the four-color process.
As Graphics Director of The Miami News for seven years, created
graphics and layouts for the newspaper's most important special
projects and front-page displays; co-designed front page of Blue
Streak and Express editions, creating a billboard style that
was unique among broadsheet newspapers.
Books: Supervised design and production of three books
published by The Miami News: "Miami: The Way We Were,"
"Hurricanes '86," and "Super: The 1984 Miami Dolphins."
Edited photos and did layouts for 96-page football books.
Served as an editor, news editor, features editor, city desk
supervisor, layout editor, assignment editor, wire editor, slot
man, and copy editor. Handled Page 1A at five daily papers: the
New York Daily News, then the largest metropolitan newspaper
in the United States; The Miami News, The Fort Lauderdale News
& Sun-Sentinel, The Boca News and The Herald-News (N.J.).
Selected stories, determined story play, edited copy, wrote headlines,
checked pages. Did extensive layout work on inside news pages.
At The Herald-News, supervised a night operation of more than
40 persons, including the copy desk, reporters and photographers.
Directed coverage of late-breaking news, emphasizing aggressive
and thorough reporting. Controlled production of five regional
editions. Improved news coverage, efficiency of the copy desk,
quality control, layouts and photo-filing system. As a News Coordinator
was assigned to paper's top-priority edition and coordinated
a staff of six.
Work honored by Florida Press Club and Inland Daily Press
Association. Former member, Society of Newspaper Design. Attended
week-long Poynter Institute newspaper design seminar.
Computer Operator/Desktop Publisher
Exceptionally adept at using computers. Familiar with Macintosh,
SII (Coyote and Dakota), Harris and Atex systems. Supervised
daily newspaper's conversion to electronic editing. Created complex
computer macros that automatically typed codes for type specs,
borders, screens and subheads on Associated Press sports charts.
Another macro automatically edited an entire TV book, eliminating
hours of repetitive work. Devised alphanumeric filing system
and revised electronic copy flow system to efficiently handle
scores of Herald-News stories each night. Created dozens of reusable
SII formats and coded hundreds of charts and graphics.
Self-taught Macintosh user since 1986. May have been the first
in the country to produce a daily newspaper's front page on the
Mac. Initiated electronic graphics sharing with sister Cox newspapers
and proposed a graphics network for the chain. Familiar with
numerous desktop publishing programs and support software, including
QuarkXPress, Freehand, Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Streamline,
MacWrite Pro, MacDraw Pro, Norton Utilities, Microphone II, FileMaker
Pro, Delrina FaxPro, DiskFit Pro, Netscape, QuicKeys, WordScan
Plus & scores more!
Investigative: Major projects linked a detective to
a Mafia boss, disclosed that a building inspector had approved
jobs done by his own firm, exposed information linking a defendant
to a triple murder, exposed the shenanigans of a four-term mayor
and helped bring about his defeat, and revealed high school drug
use to a disbelieving suburban community.
Writer/Reporter: Spent first 10 years in newspapers
covering spot news stories and municipal beats, digging up investigative
pieces and writing features. Received press association honors
for newsfeature and feature work, best coverage of a single event,
and reporting under an extended deadline. Two more awards honored
a four-part series on the Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
triple murder case [See "Hurricane"
Carter: The Other Side of the Story]. Started reporting while
in high school; kept at it until being appointed a supervising
Shot news, features and sports as a reporter-with-a-camera
for four newspapers. Worked as a photo editor, photo layout editor,
photo assignment editor, dispatcher and lab man. Shot first assignment
after an editor said, "We need a photographer tonight and
you're it." First photography lesson: "Set this here.
Set that there. Push this." Won first spot news photography
prize that year. A series of "extraordinarily sensitive"
photos helped raise $50,000 for a child who fell under a train
and lost three limbs. One of those photos was nominated for a
Video: First and only attempt at shooting news video
wound up on NBC's "Nightly News" in 1984. It showed
a beaming Princess Diana holding a bawling Prince Harry as they
drove past a cheering crowd outside Buckingham Palace. It was
the closing shot in a report on the baby's christening and was
the only unofficial video of the Princess and child available
Photo processor: Studied the technical aspects of photography
full time for six months at the Air Force Technical Training
Center in Denver. Worked in a combat-ready photo reconnaissance
lab processing and printing huge rolls of film under extremely
tight deadlines. Mastered Kodak's Versamat film processor and
devised a troubleshooting procedure that was adopted Air Force-wide.
Technical studies included photo optics, use of densitometers,
chemistry control and clean room discipline.
Public Relations Supervisor
Handled inquiries from news organizations and the public and
wrote press releases while a supervisor in an Air Force public
relations office. Greatly increased quantity and quality of releases.
Coordinated and beefed up hometown news program. Produced 15-minute
radio program about the base's history using. Promoted to editor
of base newspaper after five months; built it into one of the
most honored in the Tactical Air Command. Named Non-Commissioned
Officer of the Month from among 500 eligible people.