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June 14th, 2017 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Angelo Lopez

Angelo Lopez came to California in 1974 and hasn’t left. It wasn’t a gold rush that brought him, but he did live the somewhat nomadic lifestyle of a prospector moving from place to place as a self-described “Navy brat.” Born in Norfolk, Virginia, to Filipino parents, he spent his youth on military bases on the U.S.


April 13th, 2017 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Washington Post Columnist Margaret Sullivan

It’s a cliché in journalism to find people who say they always knew what they wanted to be. Margaret Sullivan doesn’t exactly say that, but she admits that she only remembers having one serious idea of what she wanted to be.


February 22nd, 2017 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Tara Gatewood

Nothing in Tara Gatewood’s career went according to plan. If it had, she says, she would be a photographer somewhere doing “amazing shoots.” Her interest in journalism — and course of study — started with photography at Montgomery College in Maryland, having moved from her home in the Isleta Pueblo tribal community in New Mexico.


February 18th, 2016 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Chris Geidner

Chris Geidner makes a very convincing lawyer, even though his full-time job has him covering law instead of practicing it. He’s eloquent in his delivery, articulate, makes a point well and argues for it. And he’ll answer your questions more than thoroughly.


December 16th, 2015 • Quill Archives
Remembering Austin Kiplinger

Austin Kiplinger, a journalist and philanthropist whose family name is synonymous with contributions to journalism and business/finance reporting, died Nov. 20 at age 97. He joined SPJ – then Sigma Delta Chi – as a journalism student at Cornell University in 1936, remaining active since that time.


December 16th, 2015 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Marc Maron

Marc Maron doesn’t fit the mold of what most people associate with a “journalist.” He has never worked in a newsroom. He won’t go out on assignment. He most likely doesn’t know, or care, whether it’s spelled “lead” or “lede.” Even so, his contributions to the journalism landscape are undeniable.


April 6th, 2015 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a busy guy. Look at his Twitter bio and you’ll see that, along with all the accounts representing different projects in which he’s involved. He’s also hard to pin down for a phone or even email interview.


February 4th, 2015 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Mike Pesca

Growing up on Long Island, Mike Pesca was an admitted lover of radio. And by his own admission, journalism was “OK. Making up stories seemed fun,” he said. He honed those storytelling and journalism skills at Emory University in Atlanta and eventually made his way back to New York, working for public radio station WNYC and the Leonard Lopate show.


December 9th, 2014 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Melody Joy Kramer

Note: This interview had been condensed for clarity and length. It’s fair to say Melody Joy Kramer’s path to her current job leading digital and social media at NPR was round-about. Or, as she says, “serendipitous.” After all, the ingredients came from applying for a prestigious program, the Kroc Fellowship, which trains people, often not from journalism school backgrounds, to work in public radio.


December 9th, 2014 • Quill Archives
Intro: New Year, New You

As 2015 approaches, ask yourself: What have I been putting off? Learning a new skill? Getting that side project rolling? Or, more personally, starting a family and having kids? The list goes on and on. Maybe it’s that book you’ve been meaning to write.


September 3rd, 2014 • Quill Archives
Codifying A New Code of Ethics

It’s finally here. After over a year of listening, gathering input, releasing drafts, doing re-writes and addressing concerns, the newly revised Code of Ethics is ready for prime time. But the show isn’t over yet. Just like in show business, it’s not over until the proverbial fat lady sings.


September 3rd, 2014 • Quill Archives
Seriously, It’s Time to Get Serious About The Serial Comma (And Other Style Gripes)

Two spaces after a period. Always. Apostrophe after possessive words ending in “s,” not just plural possessives (e.g. Angus’ watch). State abbreviations according to AP Style, not postal codes. Why do we follow these conventions? For those who use the AP Stylebook, it’s a given that we’re bound by what the Stylebook editors – and newsrooms’ individual style – dictate.