I began my career in the U.K. as a journalist, working as a reporter, feature writer and sub-editor for the Evening Post, a large-circulation newspaper in West Yorkshire (1970–1973). From 1973, I worked as a news writer, assignment editor and producer for Calendar, Yorkshire Television's popular nightly news magazine program, viewed throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Humberside, Teeside and the north Midlands. The demands of daily news deadlines took their toll, and in 1978 I left the U.K. for the U.S. to study broadcasting and film at the University of Kansas. Academic study took me away from journalism, but I've never lost my love of research, interviewing, reporting and, especially, writing. Over the years. I've earned a few bylines and some money writing articles and essays for news outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, Times Higher Education, Columbus Dispatch, Charleston Gazette and other print and online media. I've turned some of my historical research into more popular form for History Today, AmericanHeritage.com, and History News Network. And I've had fun (but earned no money) from writing essays for more eclectic literary outlets such as The Montreal Review.
From Times Higher Education
Cast adrift: an adventure in academic editing (June 19, 2014)
Realpolitik: A Fulbright Fellow in Astana (September 5, 2013)
Time and motion studies [historiography and medieval travelers' tales] (February 28, 2013)
Off Piste - Unfamiliar Territory [Central Asia as terra incognita ] (January 3, 2013)
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! [sports mascots and U.S. university marketing] (July 26, 2012)
Insecure in the knowledge [debate over academic tenure in U.S.] (March 22, 2012)
Warming to life in the hot zone [legacy of Kazakhstan's nuclear Polygon] (January 12, 2012)
From the Christian Science Monitor:
Seven-star service [a rough guide to Dushanbe's largest hotel] (September 22, 2009)
Camping indoors, Soviet style (May 16, 2006)
More pomp than circumstance, please [on commencement ceremonies] (May 27, 2005)
Lenin and sheep on main drag set tone of Kyrgyz revolution (March 31, 2005)
From TRANSITIONS ONLINE, which covers political, social, economic and cultural trends in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe:
Going Digital, Playing Politics (November 1, 2012)
Between Deutschland and Karaganda (August 29, 2011)
In Kazakhstan, the Grass is Greener at the Nuclear Test Site (June 9, 2011)
Kazakhstan Needs its Vegetables (May 4, 2011)
Independent, With an Asterisk (April 7, 2011)
The Can't Win Candidate (March 28, 2011)
From The Montreal Review
Space Junk (March 2013)
Buckwild and Downton Abbey: TV's Social Reality (January 2013)
Central Asia Frequent Flier (January 2012)
Winter Postcards from the Kazakh Steppe (December 2011)
History Today, Vol 58: 1 (2007), http://www.historytoday.com/helen-rappaport/travel-past-ekaterinburg
The branding of Lewis and Clark, TravelMag, March 27, 2006
Too Much Lewis & Clark History? History News Network, August 14, 2006.
Lewis and Clark and the Indians: "They're Not My Heroes," AmericanHeritage.com, September 23, 2005
Why Indians Aren't Celebrating the Lewis and Clark Expedition, History News Network, August 15, 2005.
Fiji Unpackaged, TravelMag, November 7, 2006.
"Regeneration--Back to the Salt Brines," Create West Virginia 2014