Category Archives: Journalism

The Antidote to TL; DR: NL; ETR (Not Long, Easy to Read)

Beyond a doubt, of the 80-odd stories to which I contributed for Time magazine in the early 2000s, the one that was most widely read was a July 2003 blurb about Retrosheet, the fantastic repository of Major League Baseball game-by-game accounts. And it’s not because I wrote so beautifully, though I deployed a serviceable collection […]

LeBron James: The Superstar-as-Consummate-Team-Player

Let me join the chorus of those issuing congratulations to LeBron James on becoming the NBA’s all-time top scorer this evening during the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With 38 points in the Lakers’ 133-130 loss to OKC, he now has a staggering 38,390 career points. Having reported for Time on […]

Soccer Stories Show `Smart Brevity’ Influence

I have subscribed to Axios, the news website, since shortly after its 2016 inception. And after reading Smart Brevity, the new book by the organization’s creators, I am striving to subscribe more to its core point, captured in the book’s subtitle: “The Power of Saying More With Less.” As I have told writer friends: “Great […]

A Diehard Red Sox Fan Roots for an Aaron Judge Triple Crown 

As posted today at the Patch New York City and Boston pages, I explain why this Red Sox fan is cheering on Yankee slugger Aaron Judge in his bid to win the Triple Crown. The short version: as noted in my sub-headline, If the classy, humble slugger accomplishes the rare feat, it would give us […]

Cubs Tattoo Helps Flesh Out Story on Political Newcomer

Eye-catching photos are a writer’s best friend, drawing the reader into the story while fleshing out an element or two contained in the piece. Case in point: my November 2004 story on Larry Dominick when he was an early-bird candidate for town president of Cicero, Illinois, on Chicago’s western border. My most frequent photographic partner […]

Daily Herald Posts My Essay In Praise of Vin Scully

RIP, Vin Scully. Six years ago, when the legendary broadcaster retired after an unparalleled 67-year run as the Los Angeles Dodgers radio voice, I wrote an essay paying tribute to his extraordinary career. At the time, I zoomed in on Scully’s remarkable restraint, and succinct eloquence, during Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run for the Los […]

Statistical Curiosity Leads to Coverage of Miguel Cabrera’s 3,000th Hit

My first baseball story of 2022 appeared a few weeks ago in the Daily Herald, on the occasion of Miguel Cabrera’s 3,000th career hit. But its genesis can be traced to 2017. That is when statistical curiosity—one of my incurable traits—prompted me to embark me on a research path that encompasses other baseball greats of […]

Memo to Journalists: Don’t Let Opinion Ruin a Factual Story

Nearly 20 years ago, I delivered a luncheon keynote at the Texas Press Association’s annual conference. The session flowed out of my mathematical literacy (numeracy) training called “Go Figure: Making Numbers Count.” This expertise at the intersection of data and story-telling–that realm where many journalists dread to tread–has taken me throughout the country to lead […]

Elmhurst man organizes relief for rural Tennessee county ravaged by tornado

Atop the front page of today’s Daily Herald is my story on a grateful–and giving–Elmhurst man, Butch Navarro. He was spared by a tornado that ripped through a small Tennessee community a week ago. In response, he is spearheading fundraising efforts for people there. As of late Friday afternoon, that gesture had spurred on more […]

200 Rally in Opposition to Cancellation of OPRF Activities

As posted at this evening…. About 200 people—students, parents, and other community members—rallied Saturday afternoon in front of Oak Park and River Forest High School to protest the cancellation of extracurricular activities for the next month. The cancellation was prompted by a recent increase in students testing positive for the coronavirus and came at […]