What's My Story?
Each day, I practice a form of meditation, taught to me by a wise guru , that helps calm, focus and center my thoughts and bring me in touch with my spiritual being. Yeah, to some of you it might sound a little bit odd – and I would agree. But it is something that really works. At the start of my meditation sessions, I ask myself four “soul questions” that help infuse my daily life pursuits and experience with intention, meaning, and purpose:
"WHO AM I?"
I am an author. I am an E! News correspondent. I am a digital journalist. I am a teacher. I am the founder of The Mindful Writing Center. I am a public speaker. I am a dad. I am from Buffalo, New York. I am a former college and pro hockey player. I am a dreamer. I am hope, faith and love. I am a soul.
"WHAT DO I MOST DESIRE IN LIFE?"
I want to live a generous, peaceful, loving and spiritual life anchored and amplified by a voice of insight, wisdom and optimism that, through writing, speaking and teaching, inspires others to realize their own deepest wants, needs and desires.
"WHAT AM I GRATEFUL FOR?"
I am grateful for my family, for my health, for my daily meditation practice, for an entertainment journalism career that has been filled with incredible experiences at People magazine, Us Weekly and E! News, and for a writing career featuring many books, both fiction and nonfiction, in which I aim to reveal truths and insights and observations about all of our lives and the modern world in which we live.
"WHAT IS MY DHARMA, MY PURPOSE IN LIFE?"
My purpose in this lifetime is to share my stories, my insights, my passions with others to help inspire them to discover more knowledge, pleasure and beauty in their own lives.
Okay, now that I have answered these deep questions, I can share, in a more traditional, conformist format, all the professional “stuff” I have done in my career so far . . .
I am an award-winning author and journalist currently serving as Senior Correspondent for E! News and E! Online. My on-air work for E! News has earned me two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for outstanding Entertainment News Program and for Breaking News coverage. I love writing books and my most recent book is the spiritual memoir, “The Ken Commandments: My Search for God in Hollywood.” I am currently at work on a novel (a real page-turning thriller) that will be released in the spring of 2018 titled, "I Know Who Hacked You."
A graduate of Colgate University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, I joined E! after holding several top positions at People and Us Weekly, including West Coast Bureau Chief, Executive Editor and founding Editorial Director for USmagazine.com.
I have over twenty years experience as a reporter, editorial news manager, website editor, pop culture essayist and TV/radio correspondent. I am president of my own creative media company, Something Clever Productions, which incubates, manages and produces my books, TV appearances, digital content, social media platforms and my various speaking and teaching engagements.
In all, I am the author of nine fiction and nonfiction books, including my first, “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body,” about my battle with a benign but debilitating brain tumor. That book was adapted into the 2016 feature film The Late Bloomer starring a cast that included Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons and was re-released by Penguin books as “The Late Bloomer.”
A proud native of Buffalo, New York, I authored “They Don’t Play Hockey in Heaven: A Dream, a Team and My Comeback Season,” a nonfiction account published in 2004 recounting my efforts at recovering from a skull-base tumor that led me to play a season of professional hockey.
In 2009, I co-authored with my friend and former Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, “The Great Eight: How To Be Happy Even When You Have Every Reason To Be Miserable.”
Despite my passion for non-fiction, I have found that some deeper truths also can be told through fiction that is inspired by real-life events. And in 2012 I became a novelist with the release of my literary fiction debut, “Fangirl,” about a pop star who secretly falls in love with a rabid fan.
I followed that work with another novel, "How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love," which earned some honors, including two Feathered Quill Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction and The Write Companion Award for the novel’s “pure originality.” I am currently adapting the book into a feature film with writer-director Stefanie Black.
My third novel, “Finding Forever: A Deadline Diaries Exclusive,” is a contemporary thriller about a teen blogger who covers the world of celebrity.
My latest work of fiction, "I Know Who Hacked You," is the story of young YouTube star who, after falling victim to a crazed hacker, finds herself no longer just fighting for more video views, but she must fight save her life and those of other victims.
I am a speaker on the topics of celebrity, entertainment, the media, writing and I am a passionate teacher of how we can use writing to find our voice and share our truth. I have been a guest lecturer at U.S.C.’s Annenberg School of Communication and maintain my passion for hockey through my two children, both elite hockey players. When not writing or appearing on TV, you will find often find me engaged in my meditation practice, in a yoga class or simply sharing my passions and interests with others.