About

I have been happily married to Alice since 1991.

I live in Oakton, Va., in Fairfax County, about 18 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

I see 60 or 70 films a year in movie theaters, and many of them are foreign.

I read a bunch of stuff, but not much fiction. My Twitter Favorites and Instapaper Read Laters have joined the unread newspapers, magazines and books cluttering my home on the list of things that I want to read but probably won’t.

I listen to a wide range of jazz and popular music. Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen and the Roots are a few of my favorites.

I know the names and vital statistics of the high school freshmen who are being recruited to play basketball for the Fighting Illini, God help me.

I have been the executive director of the American Society of News Editors since January 2010. Before that I headed the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies after being hired to open AAN’s first headquarters office in July 1995.

Prior to AAN, I worked for nine years in varying capacities with what used to be called the Video Software Dealers Association, the trade association for what was formerly known as the home video industry. I also worked for the National Association of Recording Merchandisers for a couple of years during that period, when VSDA and NARM were jointly managed by the same staff.

In May 1980, I graduated with a business degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Three years later I received a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. I passed the Illinois bar in the fall of 1983, so that doesn’t explain why I’m not practicing law.

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