Hi. My name is Charles and I am writer and producer who lives in Los Angeles, California. I have done many things, some of which I am proud of having done. I can be reached via an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. This is my past:
- After college, I moved to Washington, DC, where I covered Congress for public radio stations across the country, first as an unpaid intern and then as a poorly paid freelancer.
- For a little over two years, I wrote for and edited a subscription-based newsletter and website covering the making (and breaking) of environmental policy in Congress. That sort of sucked, but it paid the bills.
- I worked as a researcher on Michael Moore’s documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story. Let’s move on.
- In September 2010, I started work as the editor of Change.org’s Criminal Justice website, hiring and overseeing a team of writers for a blog that got upwards of 100,000 hits a month. Since it was web-based, I got the bright idea of moving to Nicaragua to save a bunch of money to pay off my student loans before the age of 50, while also improving upon my Taco Bell-level of Spanish. Though my Spanish improved, Change.org fired all its writers in February 2011 to focus exclusively on the gathering of email addresses (petitions). Whoops.
- While in Nicaragua, I paid the rent by freelancing for Al Jazeera English and helping Medea Benjamin write the book, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.
- In June 2012, someone for some reason thought I would be a good fit as a radical political consultant (“segment producer”) for a cable talk show, “BrandX,” hosted by British person Russell Brand. During my time there, I helped produce the parts of the show dealing with culture and politics, booking and pre-interviewing guests including two lovely men from the Westboro Baptist Church and noted Islamophobe Pamela Geller, who later called me a jihadist.
- And, finally, my excuse for this gross exercise in self-promotion: “BrandX” was cancelled in May 2013 and freelancing doesn’t pay the rent in LA. People with money: Give me some.
Enough! Download my résumé and then check out my archives at the following sites for a better picture of the real me: