Sean was raised Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. After studying history at the University of Virginia, he tried his hand at radio and professional cooking, but quickly found his calling as a writer, starting small at a weekly in rural Virginia, but quickly rising to cover government and politics in Washington, starting with the Journal Newspapers (now part of the Washington Examiner) and eventually for The Washington Times. Along the way, he reported on cops, courts and education and even did a turn as a technology reporter for Broadcasting & Cable magazine.
At The Washington Times, he covered the 2000 presidential campaign, on the road first with John McCain and later with George W. Bush. After covering the Bush transition in 2001, he and his wife decided to try life on the opposite coast, where they enjoyed more than three years in Los Angeles. There Sean connected with Time magazine as a freelancer and taught journalism at a state college known as Cal Poly Pomona. As faculty advisor to the Cal Poly student newspaper, he kept The Poly Post alive through a near-fatal financial crisis and set the stage to return the paper to fiscal health.
When the family moved to the East Coast in 2004, Sean continued freelancing for Time and added People as a major client in 2005. He has also published in the Philadelphia Weekly and The Philadelphia Business Journal, where he occasionally sat in on the desk as an editor. In 2008, he helped the Business Journal establish its sprawling new annual survey of philanthropic activity by area corporations. He consults on writing issues and edits client materials for Philadelphia-based Diversified Search, one the nation's largest executive search firms. He helped prepare policy and background reports for local political watchdog agency The Committee of Seventy, first as a freelancer, then full time in 2010-11 until his wife's career brought the family back to the West Coast.
Today, he and his wife Kyrsta and their two sons live in the northern end of Napa Valley.
See samples of Sean's work
5/01 to Present Freelance Writer and Editor, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Napa Valley. Reporting for Time magazine (2001-present) and People magazine (2005-present). Reporting and editing for The Philadelphia Business Journal (2005-2010). Researching and writing papers and reports for The Committee of Seventy (2008-present), a non-profit government watchdog group in Philadelphia; Consulting for executive search firm Diversified Search (2007-present).
4/10 to 2/11 The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia. Deputy Policy Director and Webmaster for this century-old public watchdog non-profit. Responsible for researching and writing the "In the Know" and "Roadmap to Reform" policy documents. Responsible for maintaining and revamping the organization's website and maintaining social media presence and preparing weekly news briefings for Board of Directors members.
7/01 to 7/04 California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. Teaching journalism and serving as faculty advisor to The Poly Post, the self-funded student newspaper. Helped restore the paper to financial health during a severe crisis.
1/98 to 4/01 The Washington Times, Washington, D.C. National political correspondent, covering Congress, the White House and the 2000 Presidential election. Covered the Clinton impeachment, the 2000 recount, the Bush transition, and accompanied the new president on his first foreign trip.
3/96 to 12/97 The Washington Times, Washington, D.C. Metro reporter, covering Maryland state government in Annapolis and local government in Montgomery County, the stateís most populous county and the largest suburb of Washington, D.C. Wrote and edited the weekly "That's Politics" column. Made numerous guest appearances in local media.
6/95 to 3/96 The Montgomery Journal, Rockville, Maryland. Local government reporter in Marylandís most populous county.
12/93 to 6/95 The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia. Police reporter covering law enforcement and emergency services in Charlottesville and eight surrounding counties.
3/93 to 11/93 Broadcasting & Cable Magazine, Washington D.C. Technology reporter at the nationís oldest broadcasting industry magazine. Attended national trade shows and assisted with the weekly production of the magazine.
5/92 to 1/93 The Orange County Review, Orange, Virginia. Managing editor and chief political correspondent for 6,500 circulation weekly. Also managed staff producing The Greene County Record and The Eastern Orange Express.
5/91 to 5/92 The Orange County Review, Orange, Virginia. News Editor for 6,500 circulation weekly in Central Virginia.
1/90 to 5/91 The Greene County Record, Stanardsville, Virginia. General assignment and local government reporter at 2,500 circulation weekly in Central Virginia.
9/85 to 5/89 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. B.A. in History.
Sean is an avid reader of history and has a passion for politics and current events. He enjoys cooking, beer brewing, photography and music, though he's long since realized he has no talent as a performer.
Contact Me: SPScully@seanibus.com