OCCUPATION: Journalist. These days I am a radio talk show host and contributor to WhatsUpNewp website. I’ve been an editor at Providence Business News (10 years); public relations manager for Rhode Island Blood Center; and a reporter and bureau manager (14 years) with the Providence Journal.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Westwood and Teaneck, N.J.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Building a following on three radio stations and the web site.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Reading, photography, raquetball.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Professionally: Twice winning ‘Best of Business Awards’ from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers; a series of stories when I was at the Providence Journal that virtually changed the way the state airports were operating.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: For being an honest journalist, for being a good father and grandfather.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Trip to Iceland.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Three pens – literally. When I was a young reporter in New Jersey, I covered a strike a oil companies in the middle of a cold winter. In my pocket was my one pen – a bic pen that couldn’t explode in the cold and leave me without a writing implement. From that point on, I’ve carried three pens.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Sports writer.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Several people on many levels. Most inspirational: Dick Tiger, former light heavyweight and middleweight boxing champion; journalistically, Al Johnson, former city editor of the Providence Journal; growing up, my old wrestling coach, Jack Kane; family, my aunt, Sylvia Wiser.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: John Cheever, John Steinbeck.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Alas Babylon,” by Pat Frank, “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
I AM LISTENING TO: All kinds of jazz.
FAVORITE MOVIES: Many, including “The Post,” and “Spotlight.”
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “The Post.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Voice.”
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Cheesburgers.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook and Twitter.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Dishonesty.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Westerly – the diversity of the community, from the ocean to a quaint downtown with its variety of small shops.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My family.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: As a Journal reporter, I spent three days with Ringling Brothers, performing as clown in the circus.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: From the dozens and dozens of survivors I met during my years at the RI Blood Center: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Be honest with others, and to yourself.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Strive to provide hope and opportunity to those most oppressed.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Secure my family’s future, and bolster charities I trust and believe.
I DRIVE A: Grey 2007 Toyota Camry
I WISH I DROVE A: Grey 2007 Toyota Camry.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Salad.
IF I COULD ASK ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO I WOULD INVITE: John Steinbeck
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro