June 2009 – Present
Contributing writer, CSO Online, covering enterprise security. Founder and President, Trombly International, a company providing editorial content focused on business, technology, and emerging markets. Duties include reporting and writing original articles, editing and managing staff, editing Hypergrid Business — an online publication covering the enterprises uses of virtual worlds — and overseeing the operations of the China Speakers Bureau.
June 2001 – June 2010
Asia & Technology Correspondent, Securities Industry News. Cover technology issues that impact the securities industry, as well as Russia, the Middle East. Ran the company’s Shanghai bureau from 2004 and 2009.
January 2006 – April 2010
Founder & President, Trombly Ltd. Managed the company’s Shanghai office, including a staff of up to a dozen business journalists, providing coverage to dozens of US and European publications. Clients included SourceMedia’s Securities Industry News and CardLine Global; Reed Elsevier’s PharmAsia News; and Thomas Publishing Co.’s Managing Automation, The Hollywood Reporter, IDG’s Computerworld, CIO, and InfoWorld.
February 2000 – May 2001
Senior Writer, Computerworld. Covered the financial services beat, with occasional technology management features. Travel included technology conferences around the United States and a week-long trip to Russia to interview that country’s top banking officials
Freelance Writer and Editor based in western Massachusetts and the Midwest. Wrote for Quill and BusinessWest, business features for the Springfield Union-News and Sunday Republican, and reported for the Associated Press. Wrote A Journalist’s Guide to the Geneva Conventions for the SPJ, published fall 2000. Edited the Indiana publication The Business Network, and acted as pro-tem Michigan-area bureau chief for UPI.
Correspondent, Reuters and Reuters Television. Wrote news and feature stories about civil war and other issues in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Also contributed to The Guardian (Great Britain) and Moscow Magazine.
National Editor, The Moscow Tribune, Russia. Recruited and trained correspondents, managed layout staff, edited text and photographs, wrote editorials and late-breaking front-page stories on Russian politics and the former Soviet politics.
Reporter, The Chicago Tribune. Covered schools, politics and environmental issues in Lake County communities in suburban Chicago. Series of articles chronicled a state-level investigation of an elected representative, the controversy surrounding a proposed power line, and the growing narcotics problem in the affluent northern suburbs.
Post-graduate work at Indiana University in Central Eurasian Studies. Coursework included Farsi and Uzbek languages and the history of Islam.
Graduated Cornell University with a BA in Mathematics. Coursework included physics, chemistry, and science writing. As a student, edited the Cornell Chemistry Department newsletter and the textbook Differential Equations: A Dynamical Systems Approach. Received an NSF undergraduate research grant.
Trombly International (formerly Trombly Ltd.)
Trained and managed a team of staff and freelance writers and copyeditors in Shanghai, China from 2004 to 2010. Responsible for dozens of stories each week covering Asia’s financial, pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing and entertainment industries. Traveled extensively throughout Asia
The Moscow Tribune
Edited the national news pages for this English-language daily, 1992-93. Recruited writers in former Soviet republics, assigned news and feature stories and photography. Supervised electronic layout staff.
Edited English edition of this Russian human rights newsweekly, 1992. Managed translation and electronic layout staff.
Edited a small paid-circulation weekly in western Massachusetts, 1997. Managed a staff photographer and freelance writers. Designed and laid out pages and managed manual pasteup process.
Edited a bi-monthly Indiana-based business publication, 1996. Supervised freelance writers and managed electronic layout staff.
Indiana Builder Magazine
Features editor for building industry magazine, 1996.
SIA Day on The Street
Attended a day-long program for journalists sponsored by the Securities Industry Association, which included meetings with top Wall Street executives and officers from the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market, as well as brief seminars on the top issues facing the securities industry.
OCT. 28, 2002
Financial News Reporting – A Primer
Attended this day-long seminar on financial statement analysis, co-sponsored by the Association of Investment Management and Research and SABEW. The session covered accounting bascis, like the balance sheet and cash flow. Top financial analysts also discussed today’s hot topics like stock options, revenue recognition, goodwill, pro formas, loan guaratees and principle-based accounting.
OCT. 29, 2002
Financial Reporting and Reality
Attended a day-long seminar for security analysts, portfolio managers and other investment professionals to hear presentations by leaders in the field, such as Charles L. Hill of Thomson First Call and David Blitzer of Standard and Poor’s. The seminar was sponsored by the Association of Investment Management and Research and SABEW.
NOV. 8 – 10, 2002
2002 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism
Attended three-day writing conference at Harvard University. Errol Morris, Molly Ivins, Malcolm Gladwell, Peter Turnley, Rick Bragg, Roy Peter Clark, The Kitchen Sisters, E. O. Wilson and more than a dozen other acclaimed storytellers covered the nuts-and-bolts of reporting, writing, and editing narrative, and focused on two themes – carrying narrative beyond mawkishness to illuminate complex institutional and societal stories; and, integrating editors into the narrative process.
SIA Day on The Street
Attended a two day-long program for journalists sponsored by the Securities Industry Association, which included meetings with top Wall Street executives and officers from the Nasdaq Stock Market, as well as brief seminars on the top issues facing the economy and the securities industry.
SEPT. 11 – 13, 2003
SPJ National Convention
Attended the three-day professional journalism conference in Tampa, Florida. Received the President’s Award for work heading the International Journalism Committee.
OCT. 6 – 15, 2003
Asian Journalism Conference
Attended the ten-day regional journalism conference in Seoul, S. Korea as part of the SPJ delegation. Visited S. Korean media outlets and major industries and met journalists from Japan, China, Singapore and other Asian countries.
NOV. 24-25, 2003
European Libel Law Round Table
Represented the SPJ at a two-day conference about libel and defamation laws sponsored by Reporters without Borders and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
DEC. 5 – 7, 2003
2002 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism
Attended three-day writing conference at Harvard University.
Society of Professional Journalists
President, New England Pro Chapter, 2003-2004. Chair, International Journalism Committee since spring 2003 and author of the “Journalists’ Guide to the Geneva Conventions.” Member since 1991.
National Writers Union
Former treasurer and former steering committee member of Western New England Local. Organized the June, 2002 Mid-Career Conference, “Expanding your horizons to make it in a down economy” and the May, 2000 Mid-Career Conference, “The Writer and the Internet: How Communication Technology Is Changing the Industry.” Member since 1998.
Freelance Business and Technology Writers Association
President and cofounder since October of 2002. In January of 2004, roted out of the role of president and was appointed Managing Director of the organization, which has grown to include members from across the United States and Europe.
Society of American Business Editors and Writers
Member since 2000.
American Society of Business Publication Editors
Member since 2002.