About Paul

I grew up in Marin County, California, and moved to Connecticut to join The News-Times, a community newspaper in Danbury where I eventually served as editor for 10 years. I joined Western Connecticut State University and ran the PR and development offices. I now serve as director of community relations and public affairs. I have four kids, all with the same wife, and now run Writing Associates, a consulting service that makes writing easier for my clients.

Don’t talk about Alex Morgan like that!

The governing body of World Cup Soccer, FIFA, is under fire this week for an article on the organization’s official website that describes Alex Morgan, the star of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, in a dismissively sexist manner. The article started this way: “Alex Morgan is one of the most […]

From poetry to prose: A search for meaning

My youngest son is a poet and so upon his graduation from college (yay!) and return home for the summer, we have been having discussions about what poetry is. You won’t be surprised to hear that we haven’t figured it out. But we know that we like some and can’t […]

A great interview from the saddle at the Belmont

One of my favorite moments at the three big horse races, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, is when the reporter interviews the winning jockey right after the race ends while they are both on horseback. Mostly, I wonder at how the reporter, Donna Brothers, does it. I would be […]

What politicians teach us about the media: Keep talking

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, made a little news by describing himself as the “most scrutinized politician in America.” He’s not the first politician to observe that he’s getting a lot of media attention, and they never make it sound like a […]

First Amendment makes U.S. unique, and poses unique challenges

For several years I attended every home football game at Western Connecticut State University so that I could network with faculty, donors and other friends. The president’s box, where I did my thing, was adjacent to the press box, where student journalists and coaches sat. One day, immediately following an […]

Educating our children to create the future

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation last month announced it will move its education plans forward with more data collection and reporting, followed by attempts to influence political decisions on governance of secondary school and colleges. Its next step, as reported in the education journal “Inside HigherEd,” is to “create […]