My journalism career as both an editor and reporter in print, radio and online now spans over two decades.
As an editor in Jerusalem at the Jerusalem Post for 11 years I covered some of the most turbulent times in Israel’s history between 1994 and 2004, including the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the second Palestinian Intifada between 2000-2004, during which suicide bombings throughout the country became an almost daily occurrence.
During this period, I wrote weekly editorials about the ongoing conflict. Then, in November 2002, I was assigned a junket (a work-travel assignment) by the Jerusalem Post to attend a 7-day Kenyan safari and write about it for the magazine.
On November 28, 2002, just hours after we landed in Mombasa, Kenya, three Al Qaeda suicide bombers drove a jeep into the lobby of our hotel, killing 12 and wounding scores more. Among the dead was my tour guide.
As the only English-speaking journalist there, I suddenly found myself reporting to every major news outlet across the globe from the scene. I mean, every journalist wants to be on the front page of the New York Times, or on prime time on CNN, but this was not exactly how I imagined my career unfolding. Want to read more on this? Simply “Google” me (ugh – hate to say it but there you have it) and “Kenya” in the same sentence.
Despite my harrowing brush with death and its aftermath, I still love to tell people’s stories: whether through my fiction or through my journalism. Some of the links below will take you directly to my work.
Among the publications I have worked for (and some of which I continue to freelance for) include:
- Westside Today
- The Jerusalem Post
- The Times of Israel
- The Washington Post
- The New York Post
- The Washington National Opera Magazine
- The Daily Mail
- Patch.com (editor of Westside LA sites including Mar Vista, Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice, Pacific Palisades).
- The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
- Religion Dispatches
- Mirror Media Group