Recent Work

The Trade Magazine Editor Who Gets to Stay in the World’s Best Hotels

"I did turn the china around at one point, and it was Spode."

Rotary scholar combines business and environment

"I speak maybe three or four languages on a daily basis."

Meet Chicago’s Meat Photographer

“I don't know anyone who's shot more raw meat in this town than me."

Newsmaker: Neil Patrick Harris

"If it’s crass and base and lewd, well … I guess that could be fun."

How Drinking Beer Is Saving Russian Lives

Decades later, a Soviet public health initiative is still increasing male life expectancy.

The Fearful Daily Life of an Undocumented Immigrant in Chicago

"If one person finds out, you're putting in jeopardy everything you've worked for."

Fellowship of the Fans

How fan fiction can connect teens and libraries

A Best Friend–In Multiple Ways (PDF)

Service dogs do much more than help the blind.
May 2016

How to Protect Yourself from an Unethical Boss

To ward off immoral requests, take a lesson from vampire lore.

How The Hammond Organ Sound Laid The Tracks For Gospel’s Hit Train

In the 80 years since the Hammond organ hit the assembly line, it's made its way into rock, pop, R&B, and jazz. But there was a time when, in order to hear a Hammond, you had to go to church.