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(c) Dominic Casserly

As you might surmise from the photos, I’m into cars. But I’m a writer first, and while car magazines sparked my love for journalism, newspapers grounded my talent for reporting and editing.

For my employers, that’s the difference between hiring someone who writes and someone who knows the right way to tell a story.

Since my first published article in 2003, I’ve been featured in many publications, including The Boston Globe, MSN, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Popular Mechanics, Boston Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

I owe much of my success to the Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn., where I spent two full-time summers working town news beats in between semesters at Boston University. There is nothing like a community newspaper that drills a young reporter into meeting deadlines, making contacts and pitching ideas. During my junior year, I worked for The Times of London, where I’d find my next calling into online journalism. After graduation, I spent the next four years at The Boston Globe, managing three online sections, curating a blog and working on — horrors of all horrors — ad-supported products. The Globe taught me how journalism runs as a functioning business, even though as writers, we like thinking it’s all about us. It’s never that simple.

My work also includes graphic design, photography, video production and web development, though while I’m skilled in these areas, my core strength is words. As a freelance journalist, I live by them.

Other things: I specialize in automotive journalism and have spent my whole life driving cars I don’t own. I play the trombone and dig Big Band and modern jazz. I’m into cooking and biking. I enjoy investing. I travel (spent 10 weeks in South Africa, lived for half a year in London, slept in an igloo in the Swiss alps, slipped naked into hot spring waters in Japan) and generally have tried to stay positive and low-stress.

A classic Irish proverb says that “the work praises the man.” Thanks for taking some time to explore mine.