farewellI am a journalist living and working in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

As a member of The Fayetteville Observer’s public life team, I cover health and poverty issues in our community and related policy statewide.

Previously, I worked for The Anniston Star, a small regional daily in Calhoun County, Alabama. While there, I covered local government and community life in the cities of Anniston and Jacksonville and higher education issues relating to Jacksonville State University.

I landed my first real job as a reporter for Home Town Media Group, which publishes five community weekly newspapers in suburban Westchester County, New York. I did a little of everything there: sports and public education, designing and running the papers’ websites, and eventually settling into a local government beat in the town and village of Mamaroneck.

Before becoming an ink-stained wretch, I worked in the maze of offices under the floor of Madison Square Garden as as an assistant web editor for MSG.com — quite an adventure for a small-town kid right out of college.

As a student at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, I focused on feature writing, news editing, photojournalism and education reporting.

Before I decided journalism was the path for me, I studied literature and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and communications at Chipola College.

I grew up in Sneads, Florida, a Panhandle town with one caution light.


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