Vinny is a web developer for The Washington Post and an Adjunct Instructor for The George Washington University.
Vinny was hired at the Post after it was purchased by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, who set about re-envisioning the relationship between technology and journalism. Vinny works on web tools that make easier the lives of the newspaper’s writers and editors. He also mentors several of the Post’s junior web developers, some of whom graduated from the same sort of program as the one he now teaches.
He is a self-taught developer. While he’s proud he was able to succeed at learning web development the hard way, he wishes he had learned in a formal setting, with plenty of guidance and support.
- When he first started studying at the University of South Florida, his major was Trombone Performance. Yes, you can, in fact, get a degree for playing the trombone.
- His second major was Journalism, and he wrote and edited his college newspaper. Working at the Post has brought things full circle for him, in a way.
- Somewhat stereotypically for a web developer, he’s obsessed with ping pong.