About Me

In this ever fracturing media landscape, in which experts focus on narrower and narrower slices of the world, there is still room—and a need—for journalists who can land on any subject and cut to the essence of things, quickly. I’ve had the luxury throughout my career of doing deep dives—reporting stories for weeks and sometimes months to produce what I hope are complete, colorful stories. The Generalist will include posts covering everything from crime and politics to music, sports, fatherhood, health, science and the weird stuff I explored for my first book Fringe-ology. Why does the world need Generalists now, more than ever? Because beat reporters, with their urgent need to keep a steady supply of copy coming, sometimes get too cozy with their sources, or simply lose sight of the forest for the trees. I hope to always have the opportunity to cover a wide swath of American life. In addition to Fringe-ology, you can also see my longform work in Obsessed: The Compulsions and Creations of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, and Gosnell’s Babies: Inside the Mind of America’s Most Notorious Abortion Doctor. (Feel free to email me at stevevolk@mac.com)