Journalism (2014-2021)

I worked at local papers in Berkeley and New Orleans, and contributed reporting and articles to more. These days I don’t often get a byline, but my work at these papers taught me the principles of style and storytelling that I bring to my marketing work.

(02/24/21) A Century-Old Pandemic Diary Shows How to Write Through History: The book’s most joyful moments are too clearly oriented outward for it to be, in sum, about the character of Pla himself. Just like the irresponsible 21-year-old narrator who gets shouted at by his mother for coming home drunk, The Gray Notebook gleefully shrugs off its obligations at every turn. It is sprawling but somehow self-contained, a contradiction that justifies itself with every word.

(03/02/16) British novelist Zadie Smith discusses life as writer in New York, merits of Twitter: “The canon matters to me because I want to feel myself part of a long process, but reading what just came out, if I’m reading Ben Lerner that to me is as serious as reading Schopenhauer, I just mean quality. But an important thing to me, I guess, is not just reading my peers. I don’t see the purpose of that. I have to read a bit more widely than that.”

(07/06/15) Same-sex marriage comes to Louisiana: Celeste Autin and Alesia LeBoeuf met 38 years ago at L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero. While LeBoeuf played in a powder-puff football game, Autin looked on from the stands. A mutual friend introduced them. “We’ve been inseparable ever since,” LeBoeuf said.

(07/06/15) New Orleans offers yoga class for people of color in Bywater: Valerie McMillan is a city planner, yoga instructor and New Orleans native. Her yoga class, which she teaches at Dancing Grounds on Sunday nights, is one of many that have popped up during the city’s recent yoga boom.

(06/24/15) Gov. Bobby Jindal announces candidacy for President to cheering crowd: As expected, Gov. Bobby Jindal today announced he would seek the Republican Party’s nomination for President in the 2016 election. His campaign made it official this morning, hours before Jindal was set to make the formal announcement at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center.

(07/30/14) Berkeley councilman faces PR man in ‘soda tax’ debate: Though they were arguing about sugar, Councilman Laurie Capitelli and Los Angeles PR man Matt Rodriguez were anything but sweet to each other at a Monday debate about a ballot measure set to come before Berkeley voters in November.

(06/12/14) Asphalt Plant Emissions Dangerous, Say Residents: A small group of West Berkeley homeowners gathered at City Hall on Monday this week to submit a Public Record Act request, claiming the Berkeley Asphalt & Ready Mix plant on Virginia Street has been violating its use permit by emitting excessive odors and noise.

(06/05/14) Surveillance camera registry a possibility for police: Under the proposal, citizens could report camera locations to the Berkeley Police Department. Police would create a registry, which would allow officers to call camera owners quickly should a crime take place. Citizens would not be required to talk to police, and officers would not have instant access to the footage.