A longtime journalist-turned-academic, I figure out complex topics and explain them visually. With a background in math, art, and writing, I have landed a rare job where I can routinely practice all three: I’m the Data Editor at Chicago Booth Review, a magazine and website at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business that translates professors’ research for a general audience beyond their specialized academic fields.
Previously, I worked at the Chicago Tribune, where I was deputy of the newsroom’s editing and presentation department, helping manage more than 70 journalists who designed and edited both the Tribune and dozens of its suburban newspaper titles. As design director, I oversaw the newspapers’ use of typography and illustration. As hiring manager, I recruited staff and freelance designers and copy editors.
Over 11 years at the Tribune, I held various positions in information graphics, design, and art direction, contributing to three major newspaper redesigns, a website redesign, nine books, and dozens of special projects, including an investigation that was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for public service. My obsession with typography earned me the mock title “chancellor of typographic minutiae.”
My career also included stints at the San Jose Mercury News and The Times of Northwest Indiana, and a paper route delivering the local Pennysaver in Tinley Park, Ill., when I was 11.
Civics! Aside from my work at the University of Chicago, I am a small-time government official — a trustee for my local fire protection district. I help take care of the formalities of levying homeowners’ property taxes and directing them to the fire department that comes running when my neighbors call 911.
Fun! I dig rock shows and road trips. I’ve visited all 50 US states (mostly road trips) and wandered through many parts of Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland, and New Zealand. Favorite place, though: Chicago.
Updated October 2020