Driehaus Museum Blog.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts, November 2011-present

Often a museum—this uniquely bound package of culture, education, experience, history, entertainment and beauty—will, in terms of voice, err on the side of formality. I am also a docent at the Driehaus, and during tours, noticed people were simultaneously relieved and energized when I engaged them more conversationally.  So on the blog, I tread the same fine line between not taking ourselves too seriously and yet commanding the wealth of knowledge the museum has to offer.

“Muses of Brick and Mortar.”

The Columbia Daily Tribune, August 2, 2009.

An arts scene is only as good as its neighborhood, a ruggedly hip few blocks studded with old warehouses converted into art galleries. Columbia’s burgeoning scene needed a new locale, and three unlikely arts patrons—such as the commercial real estate developer John Ott—came alongside the artists to work together and sculpt a new neighborhood identity. Read it here.

Missouri Theatre’s Next Act” and “Facing the Music.”

The Columbia Daily Tribune, July 2009.

In this two-part series, I investigated the crumbling of the local performing arts center and found financial and leadership problems. Read here: part I and part II.

“A Feel for the Reel,”

The Columbia Daily Tribune, February 22, 2009.

The True/False Film Festival is one of the best events in the world for documentaries and is ranked on top 25 lists that include Sundance, Toronto and SXSW.  Over the years I did a number of stories about True/False, so every time I interviewed its founders I wanted a different angle. I’m particularly proud of this feature because it did something no journalist had done before, which was go behind the scenes—behind the typical details of history of the fest, its founders and this season’s films—and instead get to the volunteers, who I discovered are the people who really make the festival happen. Read it here.

Far From a Memoir.

Vox magazine, April 3, 2008.

James Frey had everybody wondering: What is a memoir? Is truth even possible? For this story I talked to professionals like Robin Hemley, director of the famed nonfiction program at the University of Iowa, about the faultiness of memory and found Frey wasn’t the first to tweak the truth. Read the story online here.