The story goes like this: In the autumn of 2004, a former motion picture lighting technician, film school veteran, and bartender Googled the words “media ethics,” discovered Poynter, found Romenesko, and quickly stumbled across links to a nascent media blogosphere, where people were saying what he had been thinking.

That was me discovering that I wanted to work in the media.

Immediately. I wanted to help.

I dropped everything and started graduate school at San Jose State University. Long before I was finished with my degree, I had my first full-time jobs in the news business.

It’s now 2021, more than 15 years after someone first handed me a paycheck for doing anything related to online news.

A Brief History

WordPress VIP // November 2017 – Present
Director, Business Development and Partnerships
(WPVIP is part of Automattic)

Chalkbeat // December 2015 – October 2017
Director, Product and Growth

Gannett // September 2010 – December 2015
Director, Product Management 2015
Director, Portfolio Management 2014-2015

Director, UGC & Site Solutions 2012-2013
Product Manager, Local Sites 2010-2012

Publish2 // April 2009 – August 2010
Director, News Innovation

AUGUST 2009: Publish2 acquired Wired Journalists

JULY 2009: Launched version 2.0 of ReportingOn.

MAY 2009: M.S. in Mass Communications conferred.

GateHouse Media // October 2007 – April 2009
Director of Community Site Publishing

OCTOBER 2008: Launched ReportingOn version 1.0.

MAY 2008: Won Knight News Challenge grant for ReportingOn.

JANUARY 2008: Launched Wired Journalists with co-founders Howard Owens & Zac Echola.

Santa Cruz Sentinel // October 2006 – October 2007
Online Editor

JULY 2007: Covered “Wharf to Wharf” 5K run live online, using early technology to send audio and photos to Twitter.

JUNE 2007: “10 obvious things about the future of newspapers you need to get through your head.” #

Oakland Tribune // July 2006 – September 2006
Reporter, ANG Regional Desk

CLIPS: Organic farming certificationBay Bridge weldersWind turbinesBlogHer 2006

The Spartan Daily // July 2005 – May 2006
Webmaster, Staff Writer
Redesigned the student newspaper site twice, leading a transition between hosting and content management system providers. Set up the first RSS feeds for the site and trained student editors to manage content and comments.