Title Page Photos:
- my first reporting project was tracing the history of the nation's last poor farm in Sheldon, Vermont. Though largely phased out, poor farms were still the official means of welfare in a number of rural states until 1968.
- the "Knob" in Woods Hole, Cape Cod where I went to relax and stare into the surf for nearly 10 years when I was Broadcast Director at WCAI (Cape Cod's NPR affiliate).
- Albuquerque police officer Brandon Carr (in forefront, adjusting hat), cleared of wrong-doing in the murder of an unarmed civilian. Reported on in NM Street Press.
- Violins, inspiration for short story "Willows" published this year by Opossum Press.
- "Balloons" inspiration for short story of the same name.
- Vermont country home, inspiration for short story "Why Can't he Be You?" one of my favorites, alas, as yet unpublished.
- the late Senator Ted Kennedy "bashing" the Cape Cod Cape Wind project (which I reported on for NPR).
- the gay marriage fight in Massachusetts which I also covered for NPR.
- "Take Back Vermont" was a ubiquitous sign in Vermont in 2000, a rebellion against "civil unions" - a precursor to the legalization of gay marriage voted into law that year.
- a street demonstration in Albuquerque over Albuquerque Police Department (APD) killings of civilians. The Obama Justice Dept finally placed heavy sanctions on the APD in 2014 and things have quieted down for a while.
- APD shooting of 38 year old James Boyd an unarmed homeless mountain camper in 2015. Caught on police video: CNN story
- piano, inspiration for short stories "Bella by Barlight," "Sherry at the Knights of Columbus" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."
- shrouded landscape, inspiration for short story "Mount Peace."
- moi, at a piano
A true story:
I was born the product of an illicit, inter-racial affair, grew up amidst the debris of two broken homes spent in nearly equal time in the inner-city (South Bronx), the suburbs (Union County, NJ), and the extreme rural northeast (northern Vermont). All of which is a way of saying that when I finally hit adulthood, I had not the slightest idea who I was or who I was meant to be.
Thus I've had four careers so far in my life: jazz pianist, jazz DJ, radio reporter/editor, fiction writer. The site is divided between Journalism and Fiction. The ghostly remnants of my youthful interest in music can be found in the musical pieces I've selected to accompany some of my short stories.
Okay, here's a more conventional bio. Fiction first, then Journalism:
I have an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I have written over 40 stories - thirteen of which have been published, including in recent (2017) issues of the Saturday Evening Post, Woven Tale Press, The Wild Word and others. Two of my stories were nominated for Pushcart Prizes, BASS and O Henry Awards. My non-fiction paper on Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy "Distance and Empathy" was presented and discussed by a panel at the North American Review Writer’s Conference in 2015. One of my stories - Chickadees - was performed from the Liar's League stage in the Village in October 2015. I have also written exactly one and a half failed novels.
J: (got to do this third-person or I'll sound like Trump)
Young has been an award-winning print and public radio reporter and editor for most of his career. He's filed over 150 stories for NPR and covered important groundbreaking stories for the network on gay marriage, welfare reform, healthcare, climate change, education reform and many other issues. Young also helped found newsrooms in three public radio stations: Vermont Public Radio, WCAI (on Cape Cod) and WGBH (he was WGBH's first news director in its 75 year history). In 2007 Young won a duPont-Columbia award (the highest annual broadcast journalism award in the nation) for his radio work. Young has also won a Clarion Award for his investigative reporting and several Edward R. Murrow and PRNDI (Public Radio News Director) awards.
He played jazz piano as a kid and currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.