In the short time this magazine has been published, Radius readers have come to expect a high level of writing and research. So naturally, when we decided to devote several pages to Panasonic’s move to Newark, we looked for a journalist with a deep business background. It’s hard to imagine we could do better than Michael Diamond, a business reporter at the Asbury Park Press who has covered the New Jersey economy since 1999. Michael wrote about the technology bubble and collapse, then the housing bubble and collapse, and now he is covering the new economy. He and photographer Daryl Stone spent a day at the company’s new headquarters, and we are very pleased with the result of their work (page 41). Michael previously worked at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania. His stories have appeared in dozens of newspapers and websites nationwide. You can see more of his business writing at app.com.
Daryl Stone also shot the food story in this issue. She accompanied editor Andy Clurfeld for an “arena-crawl” during a Tuesday night Devils game to sample the new food stations that the Prudential Center has created for fans (page 15). To get the kid-friendliness angle, Daryl brought her two children. Her husband, who works for the NHL, also dropped by to sample some of the new menu items. One day earlier, editor Mark Stewart attended a team practice and spent a few minutes in the locker room with goalie Cory Schneider (page 21). The photographer on this job was Bruce Lowe. Bruce is a big-time hockey fan, so there was no keeping him away from this job. He had actually watched Cory play during the Beanpot tournament in Boston years ago. Photographer turned subject when Bruce handed Mark the camera for the shot you see here.
Radius had a third photographer on the job for this issue, Sue Barr. She shot the opening party for Ancient African Formula (page 46) on extremely short notice, so now we owe her one. Sue is one of the country’s best-known lifestyle photographers and has been named Lifestyle Photographer of the Year by American Photographic Artists (APA) and Photo District News (PDN). Little known fact: Sue began her career as a fashion stylist in the 1980s and worked on some of the era’s most iconic rock ’n’ roll album shoots. Was she the person who demanded Bon Jovi upgrade from distressed jeans to something a bit more sophisticated? You didn’t hear it from us. To see more of Sue’s work log onto SueBarrPhoto.com.
The main interview in this issue (page 48) was conducted by Zack Burgess. Zack is a veteran journalist who first met Ras Baraka in college, when they both attended Howard University. Zack caught up with the Newark mayor on a rainy Saturday this past fall and, after doing a couple of decades of catching up, got down to business. The supporting story for this Q&A (page 53) was done by Andy Clurfeld, who reached out to a group of well-informed Newark stakeholders to get their takes on the city’s progress and direction. The result is a broad, multifaceted snapshot of Brick City to which (we like to think) only Radius could do justice.
As for Zack, he has worked for the Washington Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Times, and was one of the founding writers for SLAM magazine. He is a weekly columnist for BlackAmericaWeb and also does business writing for Crain’s. Zack has the distinction of being the first African-American national baseball beat writer, a position he held in the early 1990s while working for the Kansas City Star. You can read more of his interviews at zackburgess.com.