Blair Bess I’m currently a writer and syndicated columnist for Cagle Cartoons. The column is distributed weekly to over 800 newspapers and online sites throughout the U.S. While most of my recent focus has been on politics – a subject hard not to avoid these days – I write slice-of-life and human interest pieces as well. My column appears regularly in the online edition of USA Today and across the USA Today Network. I also write for and edit this here blog. I started my media career far too many years ago at WJLK-AM/FM in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where I was a News Anchor/Reporter. Looking back, it was one of the best professional experiences I’ve had. It didn’t always feel that way but, hey, I’m older and wiser now. During that time, I was also a stringer for the AP Radio Network’s New Jersey Bureau, where my work covering a devastating nursing home fire broke nationally, and earned an award for spot news coverage. While attending Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York, I had the opportunity to intern and, later, work for the late, great Good Morning America Film and Theater Critic, Joel Siegel. Upon graduation, I joined the nascent Showtime cable network where I worked as an on-air promotion Writer/Producer. I later rose to the position of Director of On-Air Promotion for both Showtime and The Movie Channel. I continued working in television marketing and promotion after relocating to Los Angeles to, in theory, work as a writer. Instead, I ended up producing segments for reality television; including crime, cooking, and lifestyle shows. Unique combination; long story. This, in a roundabout way, led to another career incarnation: voice and television actor, which I still do irregularly. I also continue to hammer away at both creative non-fiction and non-creative fiction. My philosophy is and always has been “Necessity is the mother of multiple reinventions.” Not to mention multiple personality disorders. I’m a former Board member of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College, the National and LA Local Boards of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA), and See the Light Africa. I am a card-carrying centrist. Despite what you may think after reading my work.