About Me

I have worked in journalism for, well, ages, first in New Zealand and then in the United States — including at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (gone now), The Denver Post (Columbine!), and six years as a staff editor at The New York Times (Foreign Desk, then Book Review, and including a stint at the International Herald Tribune in Paris.) I have a Ph.D. in philosophy, and have had some teaching and tutoring gigs here and there (details below). In recent years my stuff has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times Book Review, The New Zealand Herald, Pacific Journalism Review, The Listener and The Dominion Post. (Visit Articles for more info.)

After 14 years studying and working in the U.S., I came home in 2007 and began researching and writing my book, “Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand” on the recent history of the reproductive rights issue in New Zealand. (There are some reviews in this post.) As part of promo’ing the book, I organised something called the Prochoice Highway, which traveled the country from mid-September through November 2013.

I do some occasional freelancing for various outlets — lately, I’ve been writing about horticulture — and, in 2015, studied raranga (traditional Māori weaving) full time at te Wānanga o Aotearoa ki Tauranga Moana. I started learning the Reo in 2014, also at the Wānanga. The latter continues in 2018, along with some occasional weaving/raranga.

Education Stuff:

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder. (2003)
M.A., Philosophy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash. (1997)
B.A., Political Science, Victoria University, Wellington. (1993)
Certificate in Journalism, Wellington Polytechnic (now Massey University). (1982)
Te Ara Reo Māori Level 2, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. (2014)
Kāwai Raupapa Level 4, TWOA (Certificate in Māori Visual Arts) Raranga (2015)
Te Pūtaketanga o te Reo Level 5, TWOA (2016)
Te Aupikitanga o te Reo Level 6, TWOA (2017)
(Contuing to study the reo, auditing classes at the Wānanga until I’m good enough for Pīnakitanga!)

Currently Studying

Te Reo Māori

Bits and Bobs of Work History:

Staff Editor,
The New York Times (2001-07); staff editor positions at The International Herald Tribune, Paris (2001, 2004), The Denver Post (1998-2001), The Daily Camera, Colorado (1996-98), The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (1995-96).

Contract Lecturer, Massey University (July-Dec. 2007; July-Dec. 2010); Tutor, University of Auckland (Feb.-July 2009); Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado (1997-98).

Freelance contributor, The New York Times Book Review (2006-2015); Werewolf (2012-present); The Bay of Plenty Times (Columnist, July 2012-December 2012); Reporter, The Dominion, Radio New Zealand News, The New Zealand Herald, Press Gallery (1982-89).

MOOCs (I enjoy MOOCs)

• Jazz Appreciation: University of Texas at Austin, 3 April 2014. (Certificate)
• Learning How to Learn: University of California at San Diego, August 2014. (Certificate)
• Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications: University of San Francisco, November 2014. (Certificate)
• Søren Kierkegaard – Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity: University of Copenhagen, December 2014. (Certificate)

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