Jeremy Smerd lives and works as a journalist in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has written for The New York Times, the New York Observer, The New York Sun and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among others. As a health care reporter for the business magazine Workforce Management, Smerd recently won the National Institute for Healthcare Management health care journalism award. “M. Berger Co.” is his first piece for Creative Nonfiction.