Before taking my position at the Minneapolis Fed and the speechwriting role in University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s office, I was an award-winning reporter and writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota. I specialized in sports business, off-the-field sports issues, and Minnesota politics. I covered every Winter and Summer Olympics between 1984 and 2010.
I helped compile the forthcoming book, Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota’s Greatest Public Historian. It’s the memoir of the late University of Minnesota scholar Hy Berman. It will be published in the fall of 2019.
In 2008-09, I covered the Al Franken-Norm Coleman U.S. Senate recount for MinnPost. For that reporting, I was honored with the Frank Premack Award, Minnesota’s most prestigious journalism recognition.
My subsequent book about the recount — THIS IS NOT FLORIDA: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount — was published in October 2010. It was nominated for a 2011 Minnesota Book Award.
In 2004-05, I was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and from 2005-2007 was an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Minnesota.
In 2000, I authored the book, Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles. That was one product of my nearly two decades as the sports business reporter for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, covering repeated arena and stadium finance debates.
I attended Oberlin College where I studied under sports sociologist Jack Scott. I graduated from Temple University in 1975.
We have two sons. Henry is a lawyer with the Godfrey & Kahn firm in Milwaukee. He’s married to Allison (Hill) Weiner, a speech pathologist in the Milwaukee Public Schools. (Henry and Alli have a son — our first grandchild — August, born on February 7, 2018.) Son Nate is an internal medicine resident at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center in Oakland, California, and a Master of Public Health student at the University of California, Berkeley. His partner is Glafira (Glasha) Marcon.