Professional work

In when I’m not writing sporadic blog posts (which is, you know, most of the time), I work as a reporter for the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa, where I cover K-12 and higher education.

I have also written for The Joplin Globe, the Columbia Missourian and The Kansas City Star.

As a reporter, I love having the chance to share the stories of people in my community. I do that by paying close attention to detail and keeping an eye on engaging writing.

If you’re interested in my professional work, here are some of my favorite stories:

In the wake of deaths, tri-state families find hope, healing through events, giving back (Telegraph Herald; won first place, best news feature story in the Iowa Better Newspaper Contest )

‘She did it:’ 2 days before death, local teen reaches goal of graduating (Telegraph Herald)

$2.4 million spent on school district-issued credit cards in 2017 (Telegraph Herald)

Law clear on stopped school buses, but some drivers still miss the signs (Telegraph Herald)

Local accident prompts mother of victim to fight for tougher laws (The Joplin Globe)

Flying outside the helicopter: A Leavenworth soldier’s story (The Kansas City Star; won 2nd Place, Best military story – Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2015)

Anderson woman helps reunite Tampa veteran with lost ring (The Joplin Globe)

Former Picher residents return to ghost town for parade, reunion (The Joplin Globe)

I am also working on a long-term project at the Telegraph Herald, for which I am following 20 students in the Class of 2020 through their four years of high school.

Check out my work for the Class of 2020 project.

During my time at The Kansas City Star, I also produced a lengthy feature story for a regular news magazine published by the newspaper:

For For Johnson County’s volunteer firefighters, working in the fire service is a lifestyle (The Kansas City Star)

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