About Me

Based in Los Angeles, I’m an adjunct professor of journalism at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where I teach national security reporting and am heading up a digital security initiative. My third book, The Brink: President Reagan and the 1983 Nuclear War Scare, was published in 2018.  I consult for Spycraft Entertainment and for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

In 2017, I was a fellow at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  I spent 12 years in Washington, D.C. covering politics, policy and the White House for ABC News, CBS News, The Atlantic, National Journal and The Hotline.

I enjoy improv comedy, I dabble in motion graphics design, and my two favorite magazines are Nature and Aviation Week and Space Technology. My Wikipedia page is (mostly) accurate.

I’ve also consulted in the private sector, helping people and companies large and small, for-and-non-profit, tell compelling, accurate, persuasive stories. I collaborate with film and television producers, corporate executives, writers, and students.

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