This site highlights my work. And it sure is interesting work.
I’ve been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, starting immediately after high school at my small hometown weekly newspaper. After earning internships and a journalism degree from the University of Kansas, I moved to South Texas for my first job. At the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, I covered the community’s grief following the murder of Tejano singer Selena, court trials and strange things like runaway emus and bickering senior citizens who turned to violence at a square dance. After moving to Omaha, Nebraska, for a job at the Omaha World-Herald, I covered the suburbs, which surprisingly produced a few strange stories, like a proposed pig organ farm. Then, a stint as the newspaper’s music reporter landed me interviews with famous folks like Kid Rock and voicemails from Gene Simmons of Kiss. But the true enjoyment of that job was getting to interview my personal favorites like Ben Folds and Tori Amos and documenting the rise of the Omaha-based bands behind indie rock label Saddle Creek Records — Bright Eyes, Cursive, the Faint and more. As the real estate and development reporter, I continued to cover the label, as it transformed two undeveloped downtown blocks into a rock club, independent film theater and retail and restaurant businesses. Also on that beat, I broke news, such as Yahoo opening a facility in Omaha, and covered the housing crisis that led to the recession. And as the retail reporter, I covered the retail fallout from the recession, such as malls filing for bankruptcy, as well as the trends behind why we buy what we buy.