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Apr 22 16

Top Pennsylvania official uses private email against policy

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ASSOCIATED PRESS, APRIL 21, 2016 | Pennsylvania’s embattled attorney general has routinely used personal email accounts to conduct official business, transmitting confidential information and the identities of undercover agents, despite an office ban that says doing so risks security.

Feb 19 16

Recent work

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Here’s some of my recent work for The Associated Press —


As the results came in, I put this short video together on Vermont voters for and against home state favorite Bernie Sanders (Wilson Ring shot and did the interviews, I edited and did the voice at the start):

Another video we put together for AP’s Super Tuesday coverage. This one explores why New England voters are backing Donald Trump, who added wins in Vermont and Massachusetts to his Feb. 9 victory in New Hampshire. Wilson Ring and Phil Marcelo provide the interviews. I edited and voiced the start:


Feb. 3, 2016: Reporting on the latest in the Bill Cosby sex assault case:

Feb. 1, 2016: Despite engineer’s clarity, no answer why Amtrak train sped

Jan. 30, 2016: Hope for answers as release of Amtrak crash evidence nears

Jan. 6, 2016: Obama measures wouldn’t have kept guns from mass shooters

Dec. 14, 2016: In schools, on streets and TV, children feel Muslim backlash

Oct. 18, 2016: Philadelphia police boss exits after crime, corruption fight

Sept. 28, 2016: Critics slam Philadelphia ex-archbishop’s role in pope visit


Story collections:

Sept. 2015: Pope Francis visits Philadelphia on final leg of US, Cuba tour

May 2015: Searching for survivors and answers in the crash of Amtrak 188

2014-2015: Three funerals: Eric Garner, a firefighter and a police officer

More: Best of 2014

Feb 23 14

Crisis at Canaan: Life and death inside a federal penitentiary

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A series exposing the deadly working conditions correctional officers face in federal prisons, particularly the United States Penitentiary at Canaan in Pennsylvania, where an inmate ambushed and murdered an officer on Feb. 25, 2013. Soon after the killing, The Citizens’ Voice set out to examine the dangers federal correctional officers face; the staffing, budget cuts and administrative resistance that have increased the risk of violence; and the remedies being implemented to prevent another death.
Read the story | Download PDF | Full series

Dec 21 11

Abuse scandal at Penn State
and Joe Paterno’s final goodbye

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Mike led The Citizens’ Voice’s coverage of the child-sex abuse scandal involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, filing stories for online and print and discussing the case on radio and television. Mike broke several stories while in in State College for two weeks after prosecutors charged Sandusky, including a report on medical treatments for former head coach Joe Paterno that led to the disclosure he had lung cancer.

Full story archive | PDF of selected stories | PDF: Paterno’s death
PDF: Trial coverage | TV/Video
| Reporting for “Here and Now,” WBUR/NPR
Exclusive: Discovering Joe Paterno’s will is sealed from public view

Jul 1 14

Last call for Metro-North bar cars

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ASSOCIATED PRESS, MAY 9, 2014 | Last call came Friday for the bar cars on commuter trains between Manhattan and Connecticut, a final run for rolling taverns where city workers gathered for decades to play dice, find jobs and hold annual Christmas parties with a jazz band.

Jul 20 11

National attention for ‘striking’ bin Laden front

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Mallary Jean Tenore of featured my May 3 front page in an story on the bold techniques newspaper editors/designers used in covering the killing of Osama bin Laden.

She writes: The Citizens’ Voice’s Tuesday front page combines the use of red, a bold headline and a bin Laden image in a way that differentiated it from many other front pages. It’s one of the few papers that used so much text to illustrate the news.

Read more, including the story of my colleague Tamara Dunn’s exemplary work on deadline to get news of bin Laden’s death into the first-day newspaper, at

Read more about our coverage on Charles Apple’s news design blog:

How some of those striking bin Laden covers were developed

A look at Tuesday’s graphics-heavy bin Laden presentations