Award-winning photojournalist and novelist
David can often be found outdoors, sailing, skiing, sea kayaking and enjoying other adventure sports. As an author, photographer and world traveler, he captures these and other experiences on assignment for a wide range of magazines and newspapers.
Based in the coastal community of Nahant, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, David is a firefighter, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and member of the Ocean Rescue team, as well as an adjunct professor at Endicott College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in integrative education and ecological literacy.
David's best-selling crime fiction novel, the Boston-based serial killer thriller Deadly Fare, was published in October 2016, the work stemming from his extensive career covering stories for the Associated Press and daily newspapers. His second novel, the mafia thriller Blood Sons, was released in June 2018.
Assignments have taken him aboard nuclear attack submarines, military jets and helicopters, tanks and patrol boats. He has traveled to the South Pacific to document the heroin trade carried out by Japan’s Yakuza gangsters, and covered the activities of New York and New England organized crime families. He has trained with the Navy SEALs, accompanied the Coast Guard on homeland security patrols and search-and-rescue missions, and joined the Army for training operations. He once followed a platoon of Marine recruits through the rigors of the legendary boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, losing a camera to the water obstacle but winning a feature story award from the Associated Press (AP).
David is the recipient of more than 20 journalism honors, including an IRMA, two Boating Writers International Awards in 2005 and 2009, and a prestigious Publick Occurrences Award, the latter so named for the nation’s first newspaper. An author and columnist, his name appears on the masthead of several magazines as a contributing writer, editor, or photographer. He also holds several writing awards from the AP, United Press International, and the New England Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
Environmental groups have exhibited his photographs and named him a Friend of the Earth. The editors of a Massachusetts newspaper submitted his feature series on Saipan for a Pulitzer Prize.
David also field tests nautical products for Practical Sailor Magazine and works as a contributing editor at SAILING Magazine.
An avid sailor and American Sailing Association certified keel boat instructor, he has skippered bareboat yachts on assignment for Sail, SAILING, Cruising World, Offshore, Soundings, and other nautical publications, in places such as Belize, Italy, Croatia, French West Indies, British Virgin Islands, South Carolina Sea Islands, Florida Panhandle and the coast of New England. He has sailed Boston to Bermuda and back, and crewed in Australia’s challenging Sydney-to-Hobart Race. In 2017 he sailed to Culebra and Vieques in the Spanish Virgin Islands.
When not working on his next novel, David specializes in investigative, environmental, nautical, military and travel writing/photography. Among this strengths: reporting on complex subjects with rapid turnover of copy and images; highly adept at digital photography and photo image workflow. His work also includes public relations and corporate marketing assignments and creation of annual reports. He is passionate about food, wine, cooking, travel, history and architecture.
Publication credits include National Geographic, Sail, SAILING, Yankee, Canoe & Kayak, Soundings, Offshore, Cruising World, E – the Environmental Magazine, Firehouse, Professional Boatbuilder, Points East, Baseball America, Army Times, Environmental Quarterly, Northeast Boating, Practical Sailor, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Power Cruising, Boat International, Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, UPI, AP, Reuters, USA Today, Mass High Tech, Canada High Tech, Taste, Cape Cod Times, Restaurant Business, Paddlesports Business, Lawyer’s Monthly, and numerous daily and weekly newspapers throughout the United States.
At the helm of a J-boat in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island.