This blog is both a place to air my opinions and an anthology of some of my earlier writing.
For 30 years, I edited The Riverdale Press, the weekly newspaper founded by my father that serves the Northwest Bronx. It was an unusually adventurous tenure.
The Press’s investigative reporting led to two grand jury probes and the passage of legislation aimed at corrupt practices in the public schools. It played a significant role in exposing the wrongdoing that led to the jailing of virtually the entire leadership of the Bronx Democratic Party in the mid-1980s and to the dismantling of the largest medical waste incinerator in the state 10 years later.
In 1989, terrorists firebombed the Press office to retaliate for an editorial defending the right to read Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.
In 1998, I won the Pulitzer Prize for what the Pulitzer board called “gracefully-written editorials on politics and other issues affecting New York City residents.” It was the third time I had been a finalist for the prize.
I joined the faculty of Hunter College in 2005 and began teaching at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism a year later. At the two schools, I founded two not-for-profit newspapers, The Hunts Point Express and the Mott Haven Herald. Staffed by students, they serve the city’s poorest communities in the South Bronx.