I’m a writer, journalist and editor. My work has appeared in Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur.com and POLITICO Magazine. A contributing editor at Indianapolis Monthly, I’ve written about media, politics and other civic issues.
As a researcher and development editor, I’ve contributed to several books, including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell’s Finding the Next Steve Jobs. I’ve taught journalism at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana Wesleyan University, my alma mater. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School, I won the Harrington Award in magazine journalism and worked a post-graduate digital reporting fellow for the Carnegie Corporation and Knight Foundation in 2010.
Here, you can read my latest dispatches on creativity, education, media and politics from leading publications such as POLITICO Magazine, Inc., Entrepreneur and Indianapolis Monthly, among others. Check out more of my work at Contently.
Mark Nicholson has racked up 17 courtroom wins as a public defender for the city’s poorest citizens, becoming a thorn in the side of the Marion County
Zealous volunteers, cancer awareness, the troops and a sprint car help the candidate hit Iowa’s fast lane.
What I learned from 24 hours of mainlining the breakout 2016 candidate.
The Indiana governor, a potential GOP presidential candidate, is caught in a surprise culture war.
As the Indy Eleven prepare to take the field for a season opener on April 12, a tragedy on the sidelines remains unsolved.
He lived through the world’s longest civil war, a landmine explosion, and a deep-jungle journey across enemy territory to receive medical attention.
Google grabbed headlines recently for its decision to make its wearable computer, Google Glass, in California. The tech giant is not alone.
An anonymous note. Digital sleuthing. Leaks and late nights. For the first time, read the story behind Indiana's biggest political scandal of 2013.
In the beginning, all Mel and Patricia Ziegler wanted was to escape the rat race. That desire transformed $1,500 into a billion-dollar brand.
Deep in Southern Indiana, businessman Robert Vicino offers the cure for paranoid doomsday-preppers: a retrofitted Cold War–era bunker.
Before he became a genre-busting, nationally syndicated public radio rockstar, Jad Abumrad was in the middle of what he calls his tragic gap.
With all the noise surrounding the new Superintendent of Public Instruction, will her agenda of slowing down reforms advance?
In 1959, Joe Holovnia had a problem. The veteran jazz bassist’s bass was no longer getting the job done.
Going all-in is sometimes the only way to go. But heed these tips before you lose it all.
Here’s where I show my work, as Austin Kleon puts it, sharing insights on creativity, storytelling, reporting and writing.
February 1, 2016
For far too long, this space has become a kind of barren digital parking lot. The concrete is weathered, and weeds poke through its craggy surface. The paint is peeling on the nearest building. Why? It’s fallen into disrepair for two reasons.
March 25, 2015
Editor’s Note: Talking shop with writers is one of my favorite things. On Wednesdays, in this space, I’ll post a short conversation with a writer whose work I admire. Leading off the bench is Jeff Goins, a Nashville-based writer. Jeff Goins personifies what it means to live the “Portfolio Life,” his oft-used phrase. He’s a blogger, […]
September 4, 2014
Here’s my confession: My name is Adam, and I’m a perfectionist.
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