27. St. Louis. Using code and words to shed light, understand the world, and help others do the same.

I grew up in Mahomet, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. I lived in Bradenton, Florida, for two and a half years. If you’re about to graduate college, and particularly if you’re going into journalism, head to Florida. There’s no better or more beautiful training ground.

Since college, I’ve spent time reporting in Florida, Colorado and St. Louis. This website is a sample of my work as a journalist with some commentary on the state of things in my profession and on my other love: food. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, reading, cooking and kickin’ it with the best sidekick, my cat, Phoebe.

I’m proud of what I’ve done in my career up to this point, and I’m excited for what’s to come.


All photos with linked stories are credit to current or former Bradenton Herald photographers Paul Videla, Grant Jefferies, Tiffany Tompkins and Zack Wittman

Blog post photos are my own or Creative Commons-licensed. 

Views on are my own and do not represent the views of past employers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch or Lee Enterprises. 


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