I am an adjunct professor in the journalism dept. at the University at Albany (SUNY), teaching courses in crisis communications and public relations writing. I served as a senior manager in corporate communications and media relations at Verizon for almost 25 years. Before that I was a daily newspaper reporter in Springfield, Mass. I fly airplanes as a hobby and I consult on communications and crisis communications, in addition to pursuing my own writing. I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My passions include following science advances, environmental issues, and sports.