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 email@example.com)
About Steve VolkI’ve been working as a journalist since 1997, covering crime, cops, courts, politics, education, health, fatherhood and science for alt. weeklies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. I am currently freelancing and serving as writer at large for Philadelphia Magazine, one of the last city magazines in America focused on doing real journalism. To learn just a little bit more about me (I promise, just a little bit), and why I chose to call this blog The Generalist, read on.
(In the fall of 2011, I started conducting author appearances for interested book clubs. These are usually private. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)