This project dates back to 1999 when I started to chronicle what was expected to be the closing of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, where at that time I was an investigative reporter. The end was supposed to come in 60 days. But politics intervened, the newspaper didn't close (although we parted ways 18 months later) and iLind.net has continued a meandering path through Hawaii's politics, media, and more.
My background: I've been blogging at www.iLind.net (and its predecessor site) for nearly 10 years. I've previously worked as an investigative reporter, newsletter publisher, public interest lobbyist and advocate, legislative staffer, peace activist, and more.
I wrote for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from 1993-2001. Before joining the Star-Bulletlin, I was editor and publisher of Hawaii Monitor, a monthly newsletter covering Hawaii politics from 1990-1993.
I was senior aide to Honolulu City Council Member Neil Abercrombie (1988-90), executive director of Common Cause in Hawaii (1983-87), and director of the Hawaii Area Program of the American Friends Service Committee
I am a past chairman of the Honolulu Community-Media Council, and former chair of the American Friends Service Committee's National Peace Education Division Executive Committee in Philadelphia.
My reporting has won three top awards in annual competitions sponsored by the Hawaii Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and I was a finalist for a prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for business writing in 1994.