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Who are you?

I research and write about social issues, mainly education, crime, etc. I’m also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. You can read my full biography here.

Where are the photos?

Try my Flicker account here.

Where are the videos and TV clips?

You can see clips of me on NBC’s Nightly News or on Washington Journal or even just jumping out of a plane.

Any radio?

Only want to hear me talk? Listen to me chat with Kurt Anderson on Studio 360 or Neil Conan of Talk of the Nation.

Do you give speeches?

Yes, email me at [email protected] and put ‘Speaking engagement’ in the Subject line.

What happened to the Open Case?

The Open Case was part crime magazine, part social networking site, part America’s Most Wanted that I started some years ago. The site tried to offer thought-provoking commentary about crime and criminal justice, and we had some great bloggers including former New Times editor Rich Shea, author and gun expert Caitlin Kelly, and best-selling crime writer Casey Sherman. But like so many things Internet, the site died in 2011 and it has not been resurrected.

Have any conflicts of interest?

Yes, like most writers, I give lectures. I also occasionally do consulting for companies, foundations, and other non-profits. Here’s my full disclosure page.