Q. How long have you been writing books?

A. Just over a decade.

Q. What books have you written?

A. My most recent books include How to Track Politics on the Internet, Insider's Guide to Finding a Job in Washington: Contacts and Strategies to Build Your Career in Public Policy, How to Access the Federal Government on the Internet, and How to Find Health Information on the Internet. All are published by Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C.

Q. Have you worked on other books?

A. Yes. I'm currently writing a book about electronic privacy that Congressional Quarterly will publish in the fall of 2000. I also wrote How to Access the Government's Electronic Bulletin Boards, co-authored What Are We Feeding Our Kids? (Workman, 1994) with Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, edited or co-edited Congressional Quarterly's annual Historic Documents for the last seven years, edited three books published by an association, and contributed to other books published by Congressional Quarterly. More detail is available in my resume.

Q. Do you also write freelance articles for newspapers and magazines?

A. Yes. My articles have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Weekend, Database, Home Office Computing, Governing, ABA Journal, Advertising Age, Parenting, Mother Jones, and Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications.

Q. What's the new company you've started?

A. I launched Silver Hammer Publishing in March 2000. It currently publishes five free, weekly newsletters about health, politics, and the Internet. The newsletters are distributed by e-mail.

Q. Do you help create Web sites?

A. Yes. I created the site you're now viewing, and the site for Silver Hammer Publishing. I also wrote the content for a major corporate Web site. My specialty is writing content for Web sites.

Q. Do you make public appearances?

A. Yes. I've spoken at national conferences sponsored by the American Public Health Association, American Association of Law Libraries, American Academy of Pediatrics, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Special Libraries Association, and U.S. Government Printing Office, in addition to numerous regional and local conferences. I've also conducted my own seminars about how to access government information online in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Q. What did you do before you started writing books?

A. After getting my master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I did investigative reporting for a newspaper and then a TV station.

Q. What kinds of things did you investigate?

A. The growth of right-wing extremism in the Midwest, construction defects and accidents at nuclear power plants, how slumlords got away with violating the housing code, the criminal background of a national farm figure, and the shipment of nuclear weapons on the nation's highways, among other subjects.

Q. Did your reporting change the world?

A. Nope. But it did win more than a dozen national, regional, and state journalism awards from the Newspaper Farm Editors of America, Sigma Delta Chi, the Minnesota Newspaper Association, the National Association of Home Builders, the Associated Press, United Press International, and others.

Q. What do you do in your free time?

A. What's free time?

Q. How can I contact you?

A. The most efficient way is to send me an e-mail message.


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