I am a law school graduate who worked full-time as a senior-level paralegal while getting my law degree. Previously, I was a journalist based in Silicon Valley with a focus on in-depth reporting on the financial aspects of emerging technologies; my work appearing in national, regional and local magazine, newspaper, television, radio and online news outlets. I am fluent in both AP and Chicago writing styles.
A native of Indiana, I spent my first three decades growing up and being educated in the Hoosier state – long enough for Midwest values and work ethic to take hold on my personality. I started honing my professional communication skills as a teenager when I began working as a paid writer.
- Ball State University – undergrad studies emphasis on journalism, graphic design, and speech communication.
- DeAnza College – American Bar Association-accredited degree in paralegal studies. Magna cum laude.
- Lincoln Law School – 2010 graduate with a juris doctor degree. I currently am awaiting the results of the July 2010 California Bar Examination.
- KNTV-TV (San Jose, California)
- KRON-TV (San Francisco, California)
- ON24 News (San Francisco-based online streaming financial news) [now defunct]
- Red Herring (Technology financial magazine)
- E*TRADE (Financial news editor)
- WBST-FM (NPR, flagship station for Indiana Public Radio, in Muncie Indiana)
- WPTA-TV (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
- Silicon Valley Biz INK (San Jose, California) [now defunct]
- Law Offices of Donald Kilmer (San Jose, California)
In addition to writing for various publications and broadcast, I also am the lead editor for an open-source textbook, “Introduction to Paleoanthropology.”
From 2003 to 2005, I served on the board of directors for the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center in San Jose. I’m also actively involved with BAYMEC, the Bay Area Metropolitan Election Committee, in Silicon Valley. An avid interest in intellectual property law has led to by volunteering to work with others on GNU and open source projects. Among these are working on open-source education textbooks and other resources. As part of this, I was among the first administrators of Wikipedia, being Sysop No. 104.