About Me/Contact


I head-up the American Communities Project at George Washington University and write the Politics Counts blog for the Wall Street Journal. I’ve been a journalist for some two decades now with stints at Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. I have also lived the freelance life with pieces appearing in outlets ranging from the Washington Post Magazine to The Economist to The New Republic.

While I’m now a card-carrying member of the East Coast Media Industrial Complex (bouncing between DC and New York), my roots are still firmly planted in the Industrial Midwest. I grew up outside Detroit and graduated from Michigan State University, where I majored in journalism and history.

My work now centers on exploring the divides in American by studying how demographic differences affect community economics, culture and politics. That work was the focus of Our Patchwork Nation, available now from Gotham Books

I live in DC with my wife, Christina Ianzito, and our two children. Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions you might have.

Scenes from my travels around the Nation