I love the news business and hope that I can convey that excitement to news lovers.
I started my journalism career writing movie reviews for my high school paper.
Also for 4 years, I was a writer for the university newspaper, Central Michigan Life, consistently rated as the state’s best student publication. I eventually earned a promotion to a senior reporter.
My duties included profiling university students and faculty, previewing and covering campus events, writing stories about health and wellness, reviewing and writing articles about plays and films and covering appearances by nationally recognized speakers. The following year I received the Best Reporter Award.
In college I basically lived in a series of dingy student newspaper newsrooms, eating cold pizza, banging out stories and occasionally attending class.
In my first professional newspaper job, at the Capital Times in Michigan, I covered cops and worked on the copy desk. Later, while living in New Zealand on a Rotary scholarship, I worked as a reporter at the Auckland Star newspaper.
After grad school, I went to work for The Associated Press. After four years with the wire service, I joined the Dayton Daily News, where I was Long Island bureau chief and later deputy national news editor.
B.A. in journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison. M.S. in journalism, Columbia University. Rotary International Scholar, Auckland, New Zealand.