JURGENS, RICK is a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has covered the 2000-01 California energy crisis, the oil industry, the housing bubble, mortgage fraud, elder abuse and higher education governance issues. His stories have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Nieman Reports, San Francisco Public Press, San Francisco Business Times and CNBC.com. Jurgens was an Army brat, and has an economics degree from Harvard College and a Master's degree in journalism from Boston University. His first newspaper job was at the Valley News in Lebanon, NH, where he covered business, local government and airplane crashes, and where he recently has done investigative reporting. He also worked as a staff writer at Dow Jones Newswires and the Contra Costa Times, and as an investigative reporter for the National Consumer Law Center. He enjoys hiking, reading and watching The Wire and (at least since their recent revival) 49ers and Giants games.
January 2012 Digital Storytelling Workshop Project:
Digital media stories published elsewhere by Rick Jurgens:
Texas firm targets Calif. homeowners with foreclosed 2nd mortgages 
This report originated with a tip from someone who found me on LinkedIn. Using shoeleather reporting, telephone interviews and on-line databases of federal and state courts, I wrote a 2500-word story that ran on the CW web site and in newspapers including the SF Chron. I also worked with video producers on a four-minute television report for California ABC stations, and on a "public engagement" page with explanatory and related materials. I also supplied CW staff with pdfs of background and supporting materials that were attached to links embedded in the story.
Content on this site written by Rick Jurgens (includes contributory writing):