Half a Century in Journalism
While most of my career as a journalist was devoted to covering wars (I was on the Middle East desk when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and the Iraqis invaded Iran), war criminals (I did over 150 pieces on the Balkan bad guys) and, of course, every major act of terror (I started one job the day a guy shot the pope), I have over the last few years been able to sit back a bit and do ‘fun’ journalism. These are far more lighthearted (and light weight) , and cover such pressing issues as:
- “10 Great Places in NYC to Take Mom on Mothers Day (https://alt923.radio.com/blogs/10-great-places-nyc-take-mom-mothers-day)
- “The Engineering Behind Hydrogen-Powered Cars” (https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/22/the-engineering-behind-hydrogen-powered-cars/)
- “Five of the Country’s Best Art Camps for Kids” https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/10/5-of-the-countrys-best-art-camps-for-kids/)
- and, one of my favorites:
- ” Make Your Valentine’s Day Sweeter with These Dessert Recipes” (https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/01/30/make-your-valentines-day-sweeter-with-these-dessert-recipes/)
- (and, yes, I do love to cook)
You can find these and a score like them at: https://muckrack.com/mark-mclaughlin-3/articles
They represent but the tip of the iceberg of the thousands of articles I have written over a career that began when I founded a newspaper in my junior year at Christian Brothers Academy (a Catholic boys military high school in Albany, NY).
I still do papers and articles and reports for clients on such serious topics as how a war would start in Korea and what would it look like, the recent Boeing tragedies, the plight of independent journalists in Cuba and the future of supersonic commercial flight, among other matters of concern. This month I did a series on how people in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey can find financial and other assistance to help them cope with the COVID-19 crisis.
Fortunately, I have lighter and brighter fare as well, and devote more and more of my writing time to those works that bring me the most pleasure: my novels and my games, especially the second book (of eight) in this series: