A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland,
I have been a reporter for over 30 years. I began my journalism
career at the Baltimore Jewish Times and became editor of the National
Jewish Monthly in 1981. At the Jewish Monthly, I won awards for
excellence in North American Jewish journalism for an account of
families facing Tay-Sachs disease (both my wife, Marsha, and I carry
the Tay-Sachs gene) and for coverage of the first American gathering
of Holocaust survivors. I joined the News You Can Use staff at U.S.
News & World Report in 1989, writing about health, education,
travel, books, and environmental issues. I am currently the magazine's
assistant managing editor for features. I edited U.S. News's Great
Vacation Drives book for five years, and won a Northern Lights award
for excellence in travel journalism for "Wuthering Hikes,"
describing a family trip to Canada's Cape Breton.
When Marsha was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, I wished I
had a book to guide me through the difficult months ahead, because
I had no clue what to do. In the spring of 2002, after Marsha finished
her treatments, I began working on the proposal for BREAST
CANCER HUSBAND. Even though many publishers told me that
"men don't buy self-help books," I was sure this was one
book that guys would buy–and if they didn't, their wives would
buy it for them.