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Wandering the souqs of Marrakech, Morocco, 2008

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To say that Marc’s journalism experience has been varied might be an understatement. He has covered Britney Spears’ divorce for People, taste-tested vending machine hot dogs for the Washington Post and even (gulp) experienced a party at Harvard for a piece in the New York Times. Marc has interviewed Supreme Court Justices one minute — and those afflicted with exercise bulimia the next. But no matter the subject or circumstance, he treats each assignment as an opportunity to tell a compelling story.

In high school, Marc found an outlet for his creative energies in the Rye Crop, a paper more often used by students as paper airplanes than anything else. But soon, other doors opened: he was selected from thousands of applicants as a correspondent for Teen People, a magazine that introduced him to a national audience. An avid letter writer to the New York Times, he had his first published at age 17. Eleven more — across the various sections — would follow in the years to come.

At Cornell, it was about The Sun, the nation’s second oldest independent college newspaper. As a general assignment reporter, Marc covered the spectrum, from local returns on Election night to student meningitis outbreaks. He quickly ascended the ranks there, first becoming a News Editor and by his senior year, the paper’s Managing Editor.

His term at the paper’s helm culminated with what continues, to this day, to be the most challenging coverage he has faced: a series of four student deaths in as many weeks. Marc’s insightful and sensitive reporting was later cited as “tight” and “skillful” in Prof. Kenneth L. Rosenauer’s introductory journalism textbook, Storycrafting: A Process Approach to Writing News.

After leaving Ithaca, Marc graduated to the big league, penning several stories about higher ed for the New York Times. One of his features on college students and internships was later included in the reference book, The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything. Marc also investigated the growth of student agencies for Business Today, contributed reporting to Business 2.0‘s “Business School Insider’s Guide” and wrote a personal feature about the joys of moving back home for the online magazine, Hatch.

Around this time, Marc also became a “college bar correspondent” for Playboy, an assignment that brought him from coast to coast in search of the nation’s best watering holes, even garnering local media attention.

And then, upon arriving in the nation’s capital, Marc started work as a freelance reporter for People, where he covered Willie Nelson’s fight on the Hill to get horse-slaughter banned and the mysterious death of a Nevada politician, among other stories. He was also a frequent contributor to the Washington Post Express, where he covered local news and events and wrote about the aforementioned hot dogs. (The verdict: they were tasty.)

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