I was born in Denver, and raised in New Orleans and suburban Detroit before our family moved in Arlington, Texas in 1977. I worked as a news reporter, feature writer, magazine writer, music critic and columnist for three Texas newspapers, including nearly 20 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. After that I got my master’s degree at Texas Christian University in 2007. I am currently writing my dissertation to finish my doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma.
I have published one book, Journalism in Ireland: How Two Irish Newspapers Covered the 1960 Presidential Election of John F. Kennedy, and contributed to several others. My research has been published in Journalism Studies, the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal and, most recently, the Journal of Media and Religion. I have presented award-winning studies at journalism, ethics and Irish culture conferences for the past eight years.
I have played in several Irish bands in the Metroplex, including Amberhawke and, briefly, my own band, Ballinasloe Fair, and in 2002 I produced Irish Music & Song From County Galway by the Kiltormer Group, featuring one of the best accordion players I have ever heard, Tony Murray.
I am interested in all things Irish and Irish-American, Detroit, good movies, good books, good food, and pop culture. I go to Ireland when I can – more than a dozen times since 1985 – and when I do I spend a lot of time with my relatives, the Colohans of Clontuskert, just south of Ballinasloe, the most beautiful place on earth.