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Old Fashioned Journalism

Journalism

This is a sampling of my reporting for online news sites as well as newspapers and magazines.  

 photo: Freedom II Andres

photo: Freedom II Andres

business stories

In many articles and slideshows for online news websites like CNBC, Fortune, and Time, I reveal the origins of famous brands, as in this roundup of iconic products that are still made in the United States. I like sharing the stories of emerging entrepreneurs and startups, especially businesses that emphasize sustainability, as with this story on Farmgirl Flowers.  

Christina Stembel, CEO and founder Farmgirl Flowers, is not really a farm girl, and she admits she learned how to arrange flowers "from the university of YouTube." But her floral e-commerce company is seeing revenue grow by 300 percent year over year.
 
As an outsider, Stembel spotted problems with the $4 billion dollar floral e-commerce industry and decided she could do better. Her company's pitch focuses on its socially conscious business model, which strives for U.S.-sourced product and less waste.
 photo: Bernard Goldbach

photo: Bernard Goldbach

trend stories

Earlier this month, a single handbag sold at a Christie's auction in Hong Kong for $223,000, breaking a world record for handbags sold at auction. That handbag was a pink crocodile skin Hermes Birkin with gold and diamond hardware. Topping the lists of couture with the highest resale value, it's always Birkin bags.

...For those who are not inclined or remotely able to pay five to six figures for a handbag, the big question is likely "why?" -- possibly accompanied by some salty language.

From Birkins to burkinis, I've covered luxury and fashion news and trends for markets like Time and Money, and most extensively for Fortune. Click below to read my stories on topics like man bags, the mysterious modern pantyhose market, and the rising popularity of cremation. 

 photo: Savio Sebastian 

photo: Savio Sebastian 

magazine features

I've contributed to print magazines from Fortune to SPIN (where I was the first to cover the cult phenomenon The Room for a national readership) to Playgirl. 

For one of my favorite reported feature stories, I tracked down women truck drivers and reported about their experiences for BUST magazine, and uncovered what little history was out there.  

Lillie Drennan, who became the first licensed female trucker in Texas in 1929 and eventually had her own trucking line, was like a Yosemite Samantha: a rootin' tootin' pistol-packin' spitfire, and yes, she even wore a 10-gallon hat on the job. A powerful woman who did not suffer fools gladly, Lillie frequently kicked errant workers up the arse and threatened to knock them upside the head with blunt objects.