Clients have included the American Legislative Exchange Council; Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions; Center of the American Experiment; Humphrey H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota; Kansas Policy Institute; Mackinac Center for Public Policy; Minnesota Free Market; Politics in Minnesota; State Policy Network; and Thomson Reuters.
An overview of my work
I have worked as a writer; developmental editor; copy editor (AP style); writing coach; and researcher.
Kinds of work I deliver
My work products include bimonthly magazines; news articles; white papers; op-eds; newspaper columns; blog posts; book reviews; direct mail pieces; research memos; customer testimonials; and social media updates.
The bulk of my work has focused on education and health care, though I have also worked in economic growth; taxes; state and local government; and public pensions.
Reports and op-eds: I have worked on hundreds of documents, including white papers, newspaper columns, and op-eds. Publications I have ghostwritten or edited do not appear on this list.
Fundraising: Most of my clients depend on direct mail pieces for fundraising. These pieces include year-end and monthly appeals for general operating expenses, appeals for special projects, and information about estate planning.
Center of the American Experiment: I have done some editing and writing for Minnesota's leading think tank.
Kansas Education: I wrote this blog on K-12 education policy when I was actively writing about education policy in Kansas. I have not regularly updated it for quite a while.
Policyguy blog: For five or six years, I regularly wrote self-published commentary on policy questions, usually at the state and local level. After several changes in servers and software, this site now contains only a portion of what I wrote.
The Michigan View and The Detroit News politics blog: From approximately 2004 through 2010, I wrote commentary on policy and politics for the politics blog of The Detroit News, one of Michigan's major newspapers. I then left to join The Michigan View, an opinion site hosted by the News and overseen by its editorial cartoonist and opinion writer, Henry Payne. The publication was closed after a year or so.
State House Call: From December 2006 through June 2010 I managed a website dedicated to health care policy, especially at the level of state government. I wrote thousands of blog posts, managed roughly two dozen authors, and oversaw a budget for stipends. The site went dormant in 2010, and the domain name is now owned by someone else, with a different focus.
Newspaper credits (partial)
I have been published in The Detroit News; Kansas City Star; Minneapolis Star-Tribune; St. Paul Legal Ledger/Capitol Report; Wichita Eagle; and Daily Caller.
Though the written word is my primary medium, I have been interviewed on WJR-AM, Michigan; WKLA-AM, Michigan; WWTC-AM, Minnesota; and KVRS-AM, Oklahoma.
Current and former affiliations
I am or have been a senior policy fellow at Center of the American Experiment; an education policy fellow at the Kansas Policy Institute; a contributor to The Michigan View; listed in the Policy Experts directory of The Heritage Foundation; a council member of the Gerson Lehrman Group; the regional president and a national board member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association; a chapter president of the Editorial Freelancers Association; and a member of the Professional Editors Network.
You can read some endorsements that readers and clients have made for me.
I have a Twitter account, though I don't use it much. There's also my LinkedIn profile.
The best way to contact me is to send an email, using both my first name and the name of this domain as the relevant parts of the email address. You may also contact me through my LinkedIn profile.
Date of last update: August 16, 2015