I earn my living, pay the bills, keep the family together, prevent homelessness, etc., as a journalist — managing editor (aka traffic cop in chief) of Carolina Journal, the monthly print publication and daily online site of the free-market John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C. JLF promotes free markets, limited, constitutional government, and individual responsibility. It’s an ideal job, even though I never planned to have it, and am grateful for it every day.
I’ve been with CJ since April 2009. Before that, I spent 20 years as a journalistic vagabond. From 1989-98, I was with Reason magazine, splitting time between the magazine’s (then) headquarters in LA and its Washington, D.C., office. After that, I was at Investor’s Business Daily for a year as the editor of the National Issues section; four months at Los Angeles Business Journal as a reporter; four years at the Las Vegas Review-Journal as an editorial writer and columnist; a year and a half at the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., as an editorial writer and deputy editorial page editor; and three years at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colo., as an editorial writer (the Rocky closed in February 2009).
I’m happily married to my wife Cara, who’s an R.N. and longtime Colorado resident. We have (as of September 2015) four dogs and two cats. We enjoy a lot of things, including cooking, Americana music, most sports, Alton Brown, smartass comedy, gardening, the menagerie, and each other.
I started playing ukulele in September 2013. My goal is to play well enough to accompany myself singing and to sing well enough to justify playing a uke. My favorite hangout is the Ukulele Underground Forum, where I post a performance video or two weekly.
I was born and grew up in Wilkesboro, N.C., and seem to keep gravitating back here. It must be home.