As of August 2016, I’m the Durham staff writer at The INDY Week, an alt-weekly in the Triangle. There I focus on Durham city and county governments as well as features in and around the coverage area.
Before joining the INDY’s staff I was a reporter for The Herald-Sun, in Durham where my main beats were the city council and county commissioners. Before moving to North Carolina full time, I covered breaking news for The Des Moines Register, in Des Moines, Iowa while attending Drake University. Prior to that, I cut my teeth as a reporter at The Daily Herald, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina for a summer.
I started at The Herald-Sun as a crime and police reporter where I covered the Durham Police Department and Durham Sheriff’s Office. While working the beat I also branched out and covered stories in Chapel Hill and Orange County — including the triple homicide of young Muslim students. In April 2015 I transitioned into covering Durham City and County. Since then my life has been a flurry of public meetings and election coverage.
During my time at The Register I helped cover multiple stories that received national attention as well as various homicides and human interest pieces. I was also part of a team that covered the Younkers Fire, which gutted a historic building in downtown Des Moines.
While at Drake University I served as editor-in-chief of our award-winning student newspaper, The Times-Delphic. I was appointed editor in the spring of my sophomore year and then rehired to serve for the entirety of my junior year. During my tenure, I oversaw a complete redesign of both print and online products. In The TD won nine Iowa College Media Association awards under my editorship in 2011-12, including “General Excellence” and “Best Editorial Leadership.”
I also served as managing editor for ThinkMag, an online and iPad magazine, created completely from scratch by a group of seniors and juniors preparing for graduation.
I hail from the land of beer and lakes (New Ulm, Minnesota). You might know the town for having a pretty awesome copper statue of a German warrior and being the “setting” for an awful Renee Zellweger movie.
The news is my passion. It has been for years now. I started interning at the local newspaper in New Ulm, The Journal, when I was a sophomore in high school (even before I had a driver’s license). Since then I’ve dedicated my life to covering the news and informing the public. Some of my earliest childhood memories actually revolve around watching the nightly news with my family, and eventually once I could read sharing a newspaper with my father in the mornings.
Thank you for taking the time to read my work and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or words of wisdom.