Currently, I serve as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. After taking over as EiC in May 2011, I led the magazine through an extensive redesign (with design firm Metaleap Creative, of Paste fame). That redesign caught the eye of the Society of Publications Designers, among others. A behind-the-scenes look at the redesign is posted right here.
Previously, I was a newspaper crime reporter, which often meant hanging out in the wrong part of town at the wrong time of night.
Before that, I graduated with honors and distinction (and a degree in journalism) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I was editor in chief of the student newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan. For the year I served as EiC, the paper earned a Pacemaker, the highest honor from the Associated Collegiate Press.
My writing focus is in narrative nonfiction, and my work has been recognized with several awards, including a William Randolph Hearst Award and a Magazine Association of the Southeast Gold Gamma award for profile writing.
Among my favorite projects was leading a group of fellow students on a depth reporting trip to explore the lasting legacy of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood in the rural Kansas county where the Clutter murders took place. The articles that came out of that effort are available at the Lawrence Journal-World website. Another old story that I still quite like can be found online here. It’s about the fight over the fossil of a plesiosaur that was unearthed on what might or might not have been land belonging to the Santee Sioux.
I’ve contributed to publications such as Atlanta magazine, Sojourners, Publishers Weekly, Comic Foundry, Comic Book Resources, the Omaha World-Herald, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Lincoln Journal-Star and the Lawrence Journal-World.