New work for Virginia Tech Magazine, Summer 2014

This month saw the release of the Summer 2014 issue of Virginia Tech Magazine, which you can read here. I work for Virginia Tech on a part-time basis, and it’s therefore my steadiest client, so to speak.

My stories in this issue include:
A feature about the first graduating class at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
A look at the pioneering students who helped integrate Virginia Tech in the 1960s and ’70s.
The graphics-driven How Tech Ticks about research on the links between food and emotion.
The university’s pursuit of state and federal historic status for Lane Hall.
An alumni short about a forensic entomologist whose work assists in criminal and civil cases.
An assist on the “Firsts” cover story, including bits about Virginia Tech’s first Olympians and the first time Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” was played as entrance music for the football team.

New work for Politico Magazine: Do Democrats Need a Bubba Strategy? 7/8/2014

The so-called Bubba Strategy might be the only proven way of getting rural-minded residents of very red states or regions to vote Democratic.

It was first road-tested in the state in 2001, when in his landmark run for Virginia governor, Democrat Mark Warner sponsored a truck operated by southwest Virginia’s Wood Brothers Racing team in a NASCAR race, appeared with bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley and slathered the deeply working-class region in “Sportsmen for Warner” signs signaling his support by and for gun owners.

Read more about Bubba Strategy architect Dave “Mudcat” Saunders and what—if any—future the political strategy may have among national Democrats in my first story for Politico Magazine.

Since the story was published, it’s been discussed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Hardball with Chris Matthews and, of course, Fark.