Fellowships in 2005, 2010 and 2018

I have been working in journalism since I joined my college newspaper staff at University of the Pacific, ultimately serving as editor in chief. With a bachelor’s degree in political economy, my first pro job was editor of the weekly Stanislaus Farm News, followed by five years as publisher and editor of the weekly Colfax Record, copy editor at Valley Newspapers in Kent, Washington, and the Oakland Tribune, then landing back in Stockton at The Record where I’ve worked since 1990, including 10 years on the health beat. My latest award was first place feature from the California News Publishers Association in 2017. I'm a family-first guy and a jazz saxophonist.


It takes a lot of time to explain how the health care system works to patients and their caregivers with limited English proficiency. There are numerous forms that need to be read and understood. People often sign those forms whether or not they understand them.

<p>My fellowship project entitled "Combating Diabetes"was published on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, in The Record, the daily that serves San Joaquin County. The following Saturday, 330 people showed up for the county's first ever Community Diabetes Summit. The full project was cut out of the newspaper, put on a poster board and posted at the front door of the hotel ballroom where the summit was held. Speakers throughout the daylong summit referred to the project numerous times, even quoting directly from it.</p>

<p>People living with diabetes in San Joaquin County may have cause for concern: The county ranks worst in the state for deaths caused by diabetes. Medical officials say the lack of education and resources are to blame.</p>

<p><span style="font-size: small;">The people of Stockton and surrounding San Joaquin County, Calif., almost 700,000 strong, continue to experience among the worst health outcomes by any measure both statewide and nationally. I've chronicled this situation for the past eight years. At times I've been able to include proposals for change that some very dedicated community professionals have put forward. But little has changed. If anything, the county finds itself in more serious decline than ever before.