I am a journalist/broadcaster based in Athens, Greece.
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the U.S.A. in 1951, I attended Lord Sterling Grammar School, Roosevelt Junior High School, New Brunswick High School and Livingston College (Rutgers University), all in my home town.
Being involved with newspapers came into my life at a very early stage as I was a paperboy at the age of 12 delivering the daily newspaper Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger to homes in the slum areas of New Brunswick.
When I bought my first typewriter, a portable Smith Corona, I created a small newsletter titled The Home & Store News, which was news from my family as well as from the hot dog/hamburger stand (Helen's Snack Bar) which my parents operated on Smith Street in downtown Perth Amboy, New Jersey from 1960 to 1965.
And my first bylines came at the age of 14 when I was involved with the Rutgers Educational Action Program (REAP) and I was one of the staff writers for the newsletter REAPorter.
I was sports editor of my high school newspaper Brunswick Highlights, associate editor of the first newspaper at Livingston College (Rutgers University), Mudslide, and sports writer for The Daily Targum at Rutgers University.
Also during my high school days I wrote a weekly column (The Jersey Scene) for the Greek-American daily newspaper The National Herald, which I continued writing until I left for Greece in 1978.
After receiving my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Rutgers University in 1973, I began my professional career in the news media with my home town daily newspaper, The Home News, first as a copy boy and then as a sports writer. I continued my career as a sports writer for The News Tribunedaily newspaper in Woodbridge, New Jersey and as sports editor of the weekly newspaper out of Piscataway, New Jersey, the pd review.
The highlight of working for these newspapers was covering the professional soccer team, New York Cosmos. I had the opportunity to travel with the team which included the great Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto and other outstanding players.
I won an honorable mention award from the Professional Soccer Writers Association in 1977 for articles I wrote about Pele which appeared in The News Tribune.
On December 28, 1978 I was presented a plaque by the Metuchen-Edison Soccer Club "in appreciation for outstanding soccer coverage in central New Jersey."
I also helped create Greek Star Soccer Club out of New Brunswick which played in the second division of the Italian-American Soccer League of New Jersey.
In 1973 I created and hosted The Voice of Greece radio program which was heard on WRSU-FM out of New Brunswick. The program is still on the air today on the Rutgers University radio station. In 1976 I created and hosted together with Thucydides (Duke) Markos,Greek Odyssey radio program which was heard on WJDM-AM out of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
I married in 1978 and in the same year left for Greece where I continued my career in journalism as a foreign correspondent and working for local news media.