About the author

Journalism ought to be informative, accessible and engaging. My writing aims to break down larger trends and ideas, then make them relatable for the general public. Get their attention, keep them engaged, show your work, drag them into the weeds and teach them something. This approach helps substantive reporting reach a broader audience and earn its trust.

My degree in magazine journalism is from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While there, I also studied sociology and worked at The Daily News and Ball Bearings magazine. Beyond school, I have been published in NUVO (Indianapolis, Ind.) The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.), the Journal & Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) and Cracked.com.

Check out my resume and clips below. For professional references, shoot me an email using the contact form at the bottom.

Resume May 2017 no contacts

CLIPS

Highlights

“Holcomb signs net metering bill”Journal & Courier, May 2, 2017

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill gradually curtailing net metering rates, much to the dismay of solar advocates. But some early adopters of residential solar helped show the way to starting one’s own setup.

“Solutions sought for rural internet lag”Journal & Courier, April 20, 2017

High up-front costs and low returns on investment make it difficult for profit driven companies to justify laying fiber optic cable in rural areas. But REMCs don’t have quite the same problem. They’re looking to build broadband infrastructure, just like in the 1930’s when they brought electricity to the American countryside.

“Rehab residents seek healing in faith”Journal & Courier, Daily Herald, South Bend Tribune, The Journal Gazette, The Washington Times, Nov. 20, 2016

The men of Trinity Life Ministry are working to overcome their addictions and their pasts. At a quiet country home, they are coached by councilors who have been in their shoes. This story takes a panel-style interview with some of the residents and weaves it into a narrative about life, God and recovery.

“Purdue hosts presidential candidate Gary Johnson”Journal & Courier, Sept. 13, 2016

Shortly after his Aleppo gaffe, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson sat down with former Indiana governor and current Purdue President Mitch Daniels. He took the opportunity to argue his foreign policy knowledge and share his vision for the country. Following the event, Johnson answered questions from press in attendance.

“Galvanizing the Campus”Ball Bearings, Jan. 10, 2016

Activism began to stir under the surface a full year before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. This prescient piece examines an uptick activism at Ball State University, an institution mostly untouched by the activism of the 1960’s. Bernie Sanders supporters, transgender-rights activists, college Republicans and university Democrats show their strategies for bringing change.

“A loyalist collapse in Idlib, siege at the National Hospital” Digital Witness: Iraq & Syria, July 23, 2015

In the spring of 2015, the Syrian opposition was on the move in Idlib province. A coalition called Jaysh al-Fatah (The Army of Conquest) smashed the pro-government forces holed up in the Idlib salient, vowing to march on the coastal stronghold of Latakia. This post serves as a foundation for my blog’s further coverage of the struggle for Idlib and brings the human element of war to the audience.

“The art of trading Olympic pins”NUVO, Feb. 20, 2014

Walking the streets of Sochi, Russia in February 2014, I met world traveler and trader of Olympic pins Bill Baker. He shared some of his experiences from attending the Olympic Games over the years.

“Game Boy repair” – The Daily News, April 17, 2014

This “how-to” uses GIFs to illustrates replacement of the battery in Game Boy games, extending the useful life of the cartridges.

News

Nature and environment

“Holcomb signs net metering bill” – Journal & Courier, May 2, 2017

“Indiana DNR targets gypsy moths at Purdue” – Journal & Courier, Jan. 8, 2017

“West Lafayette’s untreated ash trees dying out” – Journal & Courier, Oct. 21, 2016

“Lake Freeman water level drop a concern” – Journal & Courier, Aug. 10, 2016

Elections, politics and activism

“Activism workshop draws more than 500” – Journal & Courier, Jan. 28, 2017

“Dems aim to up their game via action, workshops” – Journal & Courier, Jan. 24, 2017

“Purdue hosts presidential candidate Gary Johnson” – Journal & Courier, Sept. 13, 2016

“John Gregg talks policy at West Lafayette cafe” – Journal & Courier, July 28, 2016

Social issues

“Neighbors, mayor balk at church needle exchange site” – Journal & Courier, March 9, 2017

“Immigration resolution passes West Side city council” – Journal & Courier, March 6, 2017

“Cities, towns offer transgender health care” – Journal & Courier, Dec. 7, 2017

“Tippecanoe County requests syringe services” – Journal & Courier, Nov. 21, 2016

“Rehab residents seek healing in faith” – Journal & Courier, Nov. 20, 2016

2014 Olympic Winter Games

“The art of trading Olympic pins” – NUVO, Feb. 20, 2014

“Not taking home a medal? Sochi offers other Olympic souvenirs” – The Gazette, Feb. 20, 2014

Profiles

“Holocaust survivor escaped as a refugee” – Journal & Courier, April 18, 2017

“Lafayette resident helped clean Pentagon after 9/11” – Journal & Courier, Sept. 11, 2016

“‘Manny’ Cervantes leaves legacy: art and companionship” – Journal & Courier, July 20, 2014

Features

“The Craftspeople of Pioneer Village” – WTHR and AtTheIndianaFair.com, Aug. 2014

“Special skis for 78 on Lake Harner” – Journal & Courier, July 8, 2014

“Across the Street” – The Daily News, Nov. 18, 2013 (part of package that won 1st place for Secondary Reporting at the CSPA Golden Circle Awards)

Magazine

Video: “The Cost of College: Housing” – Ball Bearings, Feb. 14, 2016

“Galvanizing the Campus” – Ball Bearings, Jan. 10, 2016

“The Flow and the Flame” – Ball Bearings, Dec. 10, 2014

Social Media Reporting

Technology

“Solutions sought for rural internet lag” – Journal & Courier, April 20, 2017

“Wi-Fi expansion to lay smart city foundation” – Journal & Courier, March 15, 2017

“Game Boy repair” – The Daily News, April 17, 2014

Reviews

“Why Windows Phone?” – Ball Bearings, March 9, 2015

“South Park: The Stick of Truth” – The Daily News, March 5, 2014

“Rayman Legends provides new challenges with familiarity for fans”- The Daily News, Sept. 2, 2013 (Certificate of Merit at the CSPA Golden Circle Awards)

Humor

“The 5 Most Terrifying Ways Doctors Went Crazy on the Job” – Cracked.com, July 22, 2012

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