at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where I started work in 1988. Was Knight Ridder's Berlin correspondent, 2000-2003. Covered the business of entertainment. Reported on the metro staff. Before that, reporter for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star in Norfolk, Va. B.A. in American Studies, Northwestern University. M.S.J. in Journalism, Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
Someone in journalism school was describing the proper way to tell a story: imagine you're at a dinner party, explaining what had happened that day to the professor sitting across the table, as the server's husband, a trucker, is eavesdropping from the doorway. Over the years, I've preferred imagining I was talking to the trucker while the server's wife, a professor, was listening in. But you get the point. Conversational, compelling, correct, is what I'm going for.
It was a wise man
who said news is a conversation. Let's talk. Please comment on what moves you. If you email me
, I might want to quote from it. Unless you tell me it's private. I honor confidences.
"All Philly blogs are trend-worshipping, friend-promoting, slang-butchering cesspools of sarcasm and soullessness, right? Yeah, mostly, but Daniel Rubin's Blinq -- the webbed arm of the Inquirer, of all things -- manages to outwit and out-entertain its peers by remaining refreshingly unhip and utterly panoptic in its interests. Yeah, he's a blogger, so he often blogs about blogs, but Rubin's professional attitude and personal touches make Blinq feel more like a column than a mere newsletter of the weird." -- The City Paper,
in naming Blinq Philadelphia's "Most Transcendent Blog."
"Dan is bright and inquisitive and brings passion and professionalism to his new assignment. He's also humble, a rare trait for a journalist, but one that serves him well as a blogger. There are very few mainstream journalists who have been allowed to make this kind of shift into full-time blogging. It's an experiment worth watching." -- Ken Sands, The Media Center,
at the American Press Institute.