Welcome to my page ...
In reality, I'm little more than a foul-mouthed crime reporter, but I can make it sound pretty fancy when I try hard enough. To wit: I'm an award-winning journalist, a New York Times bestselling author, and the host of three true-crime podcasts: Crimes of the Centuries, Accused and Aftermath. The latter projects were made possible by my job as an investigative reporter with The Cincinnati Enquirer -- for which I and my colleagues won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for a local reporting project looking at the effects of heroin on our region.
My latest project, Crimes of the Centuries, drops weekly and delves into cases that were huge when they happened but have been lost to time. It launched in October 2020 with The Obsessed Network.
I'm also a photographer, videographer and occasional public speaker. And I've been known to teach journalism across multiple platforms to students at the University of Cincinnati.
My book The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America's Most Public Family, co-written with my longtime friend David Batcher, appeared on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers' lists. I've also written or co-authored five true-crime books, including See How Much You Love Me and Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered. After six nonfiction works, my first fiction is (slowly) under way. I might even finish it someday. Maybe.
Accused, my first podcast through Cincinnati.com and the USA Today network, hit No. 1 on iTunes charts and has reached millions of listeners worldwide. My second podcast, Aftermath, delved into the effects of gun violence by exploring what happens to victims in, well, the aftermath. The goal of both podcasts is to dig deeper and share the stories often overlooked by quick-hit headlines in this 24-hour news cycle culture.
Those are the types of stories that drew me to journalism in the first place. I aim to chronicle how our decisions affect the people around us. If we all weighed the human toll of our actions, this world would be a far more pleasant place.
News & musings from a multitasker