Arizona State University

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Writing and photography have been with me since my attempt at a sci-fi novel when I was ten years old, and the rolls of Tri-X 35mm film shot with my first SLR when I was 15.

Some of those 35mm images showed military personnel and equipment rolling up a major street in Tehran, Iran, in December 1978, month before my family was evacuated in the beginning months of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.

The fall semester of 2017 taught me the basics of journalism as a graduate student at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, Arizona, documenting high school football playoffs, children’s hospital donations, urban farms and farmers, and students at a local luthiery school.

Because I’ve adopted the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, I report stories in ways that don’t libel anyone, or misquote them, among other ethical considerations. The writing serves those objectives.

That’s what my instructors teach me.

As well as how to use video, audio, text, and graphics to report those stories, how to search for documents, find sources, interview people on- and off-camera, report live on the scene, and shoot and edit video into a media package intended for broadcast.

A journalist’s role is one of access to sources to learn the truth of some situation, and tell the rest of us what they found out. But this is a role any one of us can take – to seek out first-hand, reliable sources and trustworthy authentic documents in order to learn what is the truth of some situation, and to tell other people what we found.

I’ve learned that when I attend to these details myself, when I do the fact-checking myself, not just by browsing to Snopes, but talking in person with an eyewitness, then I end up understanding much better just how complicated the story really is.


Key Skills

Print Story Writing VO VOSOT
Package Wrap

Digital Photography



Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Master’s program in Journalism and Mass Communication

Investigative journalism, long form and enterprise story writing, digital photography and videography

University of Montana – Missoula

Coursework and thesis, MA program, Philosophy

History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language

University of Texas – Austin

BS Secondary Education

Certified High school teacher, Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), English
phoenix-at-sunset_3747122546_o Work Experience


1978 – Present

First camera was a Fujica St605n, Christmas present while I lived in Tehran, Iran, in 1978. Some of my first pictures were of the unfolding of the Islamic Revolution. My Nikon D80 shot over 20,000 scenes, including a free nursing clinic just south of the US-Mexican border, a rodeo in Montana, Manhattan from the Empire State Building, and heavy metal shows in Phoenix.

Writer – Modern Republic


Monthly op-ed on international news topics of interest

Software, IT


Software Support, Training, Implementation; Data, Member and Professional Services; Technical Management; Consulting

Publications & Presentations

Save the Phenomena

Since 2006

blog dedicated to inspecting, describing, and untying issues of epistemology, ontology, phenomenology, and spirituality

“Tolkien, Barfield and the Language of Original Participation: The Vagaries of Confusion and Savagery”

October 2010

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association annual convention

Farsi Summer


Southern Cross Review, n. 59

Monthly Op-Ed


The Modern Republic (Modern Republic has no archive; see here for my copies)

Review of Romanticism Comes of Age and Speaker’s Meaning

Spring 2008

Rocky Mountain Review, Volume 62, Number 1


January 2008

Southern Cross Review, n. 57

Photo exhibits

Fall 2006

Missoula, MT

Review of Phenomenological Approaches to Popular Culture

Fall 2004

Rocky Mountain E-Review of Language and Literature, Volume 58, Number 2

“Inhabiting the World of the Author”

Fall 2003

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association annual convention

Reviews of Tolkien’s Art: A Mythology for England, The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power, Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World

Spring 2003

Rocky Mountain E-Review of Language and Literature, Volume 57, Number 1

Review of Truth and Consequences: Intentions, Conventions, and the New Thematics,

Fall 2002

Rocky Mountain E-Review of Language and Literature, Volume 56, Number 2

Review of The Challenge of Coleridge: Ethics and Interpretation in Romanticism and Modern Philosophy

Spring 2002

Rocky Mountain E-Review of Language and Literature, Volume 56, Number 1

Published Philosophy and the Evolution of Consciousness: Owen Barfield’s Saving the Appearances


iUniversity Press



Philosophy Colloquium, U. of Montana

“Turns of Mind and Weather: Two Seasons in Missoula”


camas:an environmental journal

“Going Underground with Paul Feyerabend”


Pacific Division Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science, University of Montana

“Medieval Women Mystics: Self Love Redeemed”


Intermountain Regional Meeting of Christian Philosophers, Brigham Young University