Features reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. Story-teller. Food-lover. Show-choir parent.

Everything’s coming up rosy as troupe reprises 'Pinkalicious'

dispatch.com — It sounds like a corny marketing cliche, but in this case, Pinkalicious really is back by popular demand. In 2011, when the Columbus Children's Theatre first produced the musical based on the popular book series, all 21 performances sold out before the first show. "That never happens," said Bill Goldsmith, artistic director.
Oct 05, 2015

@CCTColumbus announces it has extended its Pinkalicious run by 3 shows: 1 show on 10/16 and 2 on 10/17. My preview: bit.ly/1j9As1y

Central Ohioan ‘discovered’ while busing tables is reaping high-profile exposure

dispatch.com — Staring at the blond-haired, blue-eyed young man in the encased Aeropostale ads at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Lynne Davidson swelled with pride. "I wanted to tell all the passers-by, 'Hey, that's my kid right there!'??" said Davidson, a Worthington resident whose son, Robbie, was a featured model in a back-to-school ad campaign for the clothing retailer.
Oct 05, 2015

How cool would it be to see yourself on a Times Square billboard? This Worthington native recently did. My story: bit.ly/1M7g5x7

Campaign, obsessions keep Paula Poundstone riding high

dispatch.com — With her riffing style and frequent interaction with audience members, Paula Poundstone doesn't give the same show twice. Which stands as good news for fans of the comic, who will perform tonight in the Lincoln Theatre - her first appearance in Columbus since 2012.
Sep 25, 2015

So she goes on here in town in less than 4 hours, but here are some thoughts and quips from comic Paula Poundstone: bit.ly/1KUW2kH

Scioto Valley Chorus to compete in international barbershop contest

dispatch.com — Once a week, Nancy Conway sacrifices sleep for a dream. She lives in Murrysville, Pa., and works in downtown Pittsburgh. On many Mondays, she drives four hours to Dublin to rehearse with the barbershop-style Scioto Valley Chorus.
Sep 24, 2015

This story, on a barbershop chorus heading to an international competition, really struck a chord with me (sorry): bit.ly/1L8j3Te

Guide to Life: Where to find inexpensive options for effective exercise

dispatch.com — Many factors might dissuade people from exercising - including time constraints, boredom with a routine or uncertainty about how to start. The cost, though, shouldn't be an excuse, according to central Ohio officials and exercise experts. Here's a sampling of simple and affordable (or free) exercise options in Columbus.
Sep 21, 2015

From the weekend: My Guide to Life story on inexpensive exercise options. Soup cans? Milk Jugs? bit.ly/1LIhCFd

‘Wrestlers’ hit canvases to draw spectators into creative arena

dispatch.com — "Urban Brawl," coinciding with the recent Urban Scrawl mural festival, was produced by the Artists Wrestling League, founded by painter and Northwest Side resident W. Ralph Walters. The idea involves staging a live artistic "battle" based on professional wrestling: Artists assume personas in a head-to-head painting contest, with the audience choosing the winner by applause.
Sep 08, 2015

This might be the most fun I've had working on a story. Artists who paint and wrestle? Yeah, I know how it sounds: bit.ly/1EMPxjn

Ohio native Ted Rall sheds light on Snowden in new book

dispatch.com — Even for an author and a political cartoonist accustomed to controversy, the past six weeks have proved tumultuous for Ted Rall. The writer of The Anti-American Manifesto and The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt was preparing for the Aug.
Sep 03, 2015

Another story of mine today. Q&A with cartoonist Ted Rall, a magnet for controversy: bit.ly/1O0rf7d

Blind musicians who form Innervision are lifelong friends

dispatch.com — The voice, coming from very near, startled Sam Shepherd.?While giving a recent concert with musical partner Genene Blackwell at the Sunrise Senior Living center in Gahanna, he had been approached by a resident as he finished singing That's Amore - made popular by Dean Martin.?The resident spoke, and Shepherd jumped - a natural reaction for someone who cannot see.?Blackwell, who forms Innervision with him, is also blind.
Sep 03, 2015

My thanks to @InnerVisionOhio for helping me share their story. These two blind musicians can really jam: bit.ly/1hWYQ66

Central Ohioans turn wood from ash trees into memorable works

dispatch.com — For the first time in years, ash trees won't make Steve Cothrel sad. The superintendent of parks and forestry for the city of Upper Arlington has overseen the removal of more than 1,000 ash trees - cut down either as victims of the emerald ash borer or in a pre-emptive attempt to prevent the spread of the bug.
Aug 27, 2015

Upper Arlington officials turn loss of ash trees into a unique art exhibit. My story: bit.ly/1JylFTa

Hope Hollow offers assistance to out-of-town cancer patients

dispatch.com — While her husband lay dying, Kathy Ousley slept in her pickup truck. Having learned in May 2013 that he had terminal bone cancer, Vaughn Ousley was admitted to the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University. The couple lived 80 miles away, in the Guernsey County town of Cambridge.
Aug 18, 2015

Could you open up your house to share with cancer patients and their families? Check out this remarkable couple: bit.ly/1WC3kyy

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Oct 06, 2015

I am writing about #CBJ off-ice hobbies for Thurs (10/8) paper, including Saad talking about playing piano. twitter.com/rock_hall/stat…

Oct 06, 2015

RT @BBaptist_30_: #Buckeyes basketball media day is today. Follow @AdamJardy for the latest. He's the Dispatch's new guy on the beat. #buckbk

Oct 06, 2015

@metheridge I can be reached at 614-461-5226 or kgordon@dispatch.com Thank you!

Oct 06, 2015

@metheridge Hi - I'm a reporter from the Columbus Dispatch. Doing story on your gig Wed. in Marysville and hoped to get your thoughts.

Oct 05, 2015

@CCTColumbus announces it has extended its Pinkalicious run by 3 shows: 1 show on 10/16 and 2 on 10/17. My preview: bit.ly/1j9As1y

Oct 05, 2015

@brdispatch Ha! Tressel would start every weekly presser with 10 minutes on every opponent: offense, defense, and special teams. #yourelucky

Oct 05, 2015

How cool would it be to see yourself on a Times Square billboard? This Worthington native recently did. My story: bit.ly/1M7g5x7

Sep 30, 2015

I'll take actual email subject lines for 200, Alex. "Your Prostate is a Ticking Time Bomb!"

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