You can call me a Reporter.
But frankly, there is not yet a title that describes my hybrid job as a newspaper journalist who shoots, edits, writes, and produces videos for the web. The media industry enjoys hyping its evolving status with phrases like Convergence, Integration, and Multimedia. Still, few reporters SIMULTANEOUSLY and SOLELY practice print and broadcast journalism in the field. This website evidences my work as a modern day New Journalist, whatever that means, and with all respect to Tom, Truman, Hunter, and Norman.
Before joining The Times, I spent 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar, where I examined the state of Indonesian journalism, and lectured on the topic.
In summer 2004, I worked as a Visiting Professor at the Russian American Journalism Institute, a study abroad program jointly administered by New York University, Ithaca College and Rostov State University in Rostov, Russia.
From 2000-2004, I lived in Eastern Europe where I founded EllickNewsLink, an international freelance news service selling journalism to media outlets worldwide.
My introduction to foreign lands came in January 2000 when I took up a fulltime reporting job at The Prague Post, a weekly in the Czech Republic. In 1999, I was awarded the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship at the Indianapolis Star daily newspaper.
I'm a victim of journalism school, having graduated with honors from Ithaca College. Fortunately, a minor in Emerging Transnational Issues made college vaguely worthwhile.
Some personal tidbits: I grew-up in a dark room and enjoy photography. Reading is fun, too. My favorite magazines are Skeptic, Skeptical Inquiry, and The New Yorker. I collect quotations, globes, and foreign propaganda posters. I'm also an adventurous eater and will down anything once. I love meaty Eastern European foods such as Cepelinai (Lithuanian zeppelin-shaped potato dumplings filled with minced beef) and Czech goulash. But I also love the spiciest of Asian cuisine, like food from Padang and Manado, including lethally spiced bat.
But traveling is my most tested hobby. I have visited the following nations:
USA • Canada • Mexico • United Kingdom • Ireland • Spain • France • Luxembourg • Holland • Belgium • Portugal • Monaco • Italy • Vatican • Switzerland • Austria • Greece • Sweden • Denmark • Finland • Czech Republic • Slovakia • Poland • Hungary • Romania • Estonia • Latvia • Lithuania • Belarus • Russian Federation (Western, Urals, Siberia and Far East)• Ukraine • Mongolia • South Korea • Japan • Philippines • Indonesia • Lao • Cambodia • Thailand • Vietnam • Singapore • Uganda • Rwanda • Democratic Republic of Congo • Venezuela • Colombia • Brazil • United Arab Emirates • Afghanistan • Pakistan • Serbia • Cuba • Dominican Republic • Sri Lanka • Libya • Egypt • Bahrain • Ethiopia • Iran •