After 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent at The New York Times, I have returned to Seton Hall University as the University's first professional writer-in-residence. That means that I am teaching specialized journalism courses offered in the Department of Communication. I also teach courses on Latin American issues, with a focus on Mexico and Cuba, that are cross-listed with the Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies Program and available to students in the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. I continue to write widely, contributing to The New York Times and other publications. In 2010, I published my latest book, "City of Dust," which deals with the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center and the illnesses caused by the ensuing contamination, which constituted the greatest environmental disaster in New York history. I also have extensive experience in television news, magazine writing and new media. I am available to students outside of class, as well as to University students not enrolled in my classes who want to learn more about writing.
- B.A., Seton Hall University
- City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11
FT Press/Pearson, August 2010
- The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times
Public Affairs Books, May 2007
- Here: A Biography of the New American Continent
Public Affairs Books, May 2001
- Maria Moors Cabot Award for Journalism in Latin America (2009) Columbia University
- Donald Regan Distinguished Lecture (2009) St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN
- Finalist, Television Emmy (2007) "Toxic Legacy"
- Visiting Scholar, The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame (2003-4)
- First Place, Catholic Press Association (2004) "Soul of a University," ND Magazine
- Part of team of writers of "Portraits of Grief," New York Times, Pulitzer Prize (2001)