I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
I'm a native Texan whose newspaper career has taken me across the nation and back. I have worked for newspapers in Maryland, Texas, Colorado, Texas again and now, Florida. As a reporter or editor, I have covered some of the biggest stories of the past 15 years, including the Branch Davidian standoff (1993), the shootings at Columbine High School (1999) and the space shuttle Columbia disaster (2003). In one of my previous stints, a big part of my job was writing opinion editorials and columns, some of which earned me awards and other acclaim. I am not doing that now, but I wanted to stay in practice, so that's why I started this blog.
Originally, I intended to write about a wide range of topics but soon after I started, I narrowed my focus to Cuba, especially its political prisoners, independent journalists and other dissidents. My goal is to apply the same professional skills and ethics of my "day job" to my work on this blog.
If there is one thing that makes Uncommon Sense unique, it is the weekly profile of a Cuban political prisoner. Not to brag, but Uncommon Sense is one of the few places on the Internet, in English, where you can read about the captives in the Castro gulag. Hopefully, my effort is deserving of their stories.
(Updated, Oct. 5, 2008)