ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was always a hiker and camper through Boy Scouting, and I became interested in birds in the early 1990s while working at the Chewonki Foundation in midcoast Maine. Chewonki is an educational organization that includes a 100 year-old summer camp, an environmental studies program for 11th graders called the Maine Coast Semester, and several other related efforts. Notably, in the 1930s, famed naturalist Roger Tory Peterson was a camp counselor there and wrote his first Field Guide to the Birds at that time, so there is a wonderful birding tradition at Chewonki that continues to this day.
I came to Pittsburgh in 2001 to work at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel as a teacher and school administrator. My wife is a Pittsburgher, and my in-laws live in the city, so I'm a Pittsburgher by marriage. Even though I grew up in Atlanta, Pittsburgh reminds me of my hometown: people are connected to each other, and everybody seems to know everybody else somehow. I love the sense of neighborhoods and the pride people have in the city's history and traditions. Of course, I came to appreciate what the Steelers mean for the city, too. Nobody does a game day like Pittsburgh, and the Steelers bridge different populations in the region and bring people together in ways that I have never seen in any other place.
I currently live just north of Boston, Massachusetts and am the head of a K-8 independent school, Glen Urquhart School. Though I haven't lived in Pittsburgh since 2008, we visit regularly, and I stay connected to the very active Pittsburgh birding community through list-serves, Facebook, and email.
I'm so pleased to be a regular PQ staff contributor. I have been with PQ almost since the start, and I eagerly read the magazine every time it arrives in my mailbox.
Lots of cities have magazines that are more slick society pages than anything else, but Pittsburgh Quarterly has a rare combination of solid journalism, engaging writing and pride of place that makes it distinctive.