I’m a former newspaper reporter working on a Masters of Journalism at the University of Missouri. During the summer of 2015, I served as an adjunct professor within Mizzou’s magazine faculty, editing and teaching younger reporters and coaching features.
I also work as a graduate assistant for Investigative Reporters and Editors, where most of my attention these days goes to hosting and producing the IRE Radio Podcast.
Being a great reporter and storyteller have always been my top journalistic priorities. I love longform, magazine-style writing. But this podcast I did with a group of AP reporters is one of my favorite things I’ve ever been a part of. That is to say: I believe a great story is a great story. I can’t help but want to learn how to tell them any way I can.
Before returning to school, I was a reporter at the Northwest Herald, a 32,000-circulation paper located about an hour northwest of Chicago in Crystal Lake, Illinois. On the side of regular beat duties covering a couple suburbs, I found time for investigative and enterprise stuff.
I won first place in Investigative Reporting from the Illinois AP for my reporting on a bizarre story out of small-town Hebron, Illinois. The mayor – who was elected in 2013 despite pending crack charges – started firing and forcing out long-time village staff left and right, and otherwise running the town through shady practices. I haggled with his former employer, the local community college, for records about his firing from the school, and after taking the argument to the state Attorney General, revealed the mayor was fired mainly for looking at and forwarding porn on his work computer – not for the crack charges, the assumption most had originally made.
Before joining the professional workforce, I graduated from Truman State University in 2011, earning a BA in Communications with a journalism concentration. There, I held editorial leadership positions at the school newspaper and magazine, earning awards at each of the publications.
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