The longer story is that I earned my master’s from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000. After graduating, I worked for Wired magazine and Wired.com.
In 2003, I co-authored a book called Dungeons & Dreamers: A story of how computer games created a global culture before accepting a job in 2004 as the producer and senior editor for MIT’s Technology Review Web operation.
I left journalism for a job running the Media Informatics program at Northern Kentucky University in 2006. In 2009, I accepted a position at Ball State University, where I was an associate professor of journalism and was the co-founder + co-director of the university’s Center for Emerging Media Design + Development.
On July 1, 2017, I will become the Editor and Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) Press, which is an imprint of CMU Press. I previously served as an advisory board member and an editor for the past nine years.
- I’m was accepted into PEN America in 2017 after years of kicking around the idea of joining, and I’m a member of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
- I’ve been on the programming board for South by Southwest Interactive sixteen years, and I hosted its Start Up Accelerator program from 2009-2015.
- Previously, I was an advisory board member for the F+W’s StoryWorld Conference, the Carmel Arts Council, and the Indiana Writers Center.
Other Writing Things
- In 2013, I raised $11,000 on Kickstarter to write So Far Appalachia: A Story of Family, a Forgotten People, and Rural America, a memoir of my family’s life in Appalachia. I finished the book in 2017. (It’ll be out soon-ish!)
- I’ve also started work on two other writing project: The Summer of Run and Catch: An Oral History of Fathers, Sons, Mothers, Daughters, and Baseball.
- I run The Geeky Press, a writers collective. I’ve edited, or worked as an editor, on the publishing projects we’ve run: Bad Jobs & Bullshit: It’s Unlikely We Will Be Missed (2016), Dear America: Reflections about Race (2017), and HoosierLit (2017) literary magazine.
Mostly, though, I love telling stories. I write, I create podcasts, I tinker with video, I work in the weird space between digital, print, and the real world.