South Brevard Watchdog Reporter for @Florida_Today and @USAToday Network. @KentStateJMC product. Also wrote for @BarbertonHerald, @pcnewsherald and @fremontNM.

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South Brevard Watchdog Reporter for Florida Today, where I've worked the past 11 years. USA Today correspondent (2008-15). Also reported in Ohio for Gannett's Port Clinton News Herald and Fremont News-Messenger. Loves racquetball, running and reading.

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RT @ThePlainDealer: .@AthensMessenger's 'millennial newspaper editor' takes on news hermits and @NYTimes: Andrea Simakis 
RT @byjensangalang: Happy hour indeed! 🍻 Quarters Brewing Co. to open a barcade in downtown Melbourne. Arcade games and beer? Yes,... 
Quarters Brewing Co. plans to install roughly 20 classic video machines from the early 1980s to the early '90s, set at 25 cents per play @Florida_Today 
Surprised by @UBmenshoops's win over Arizona? Chatting with friends earlier today, I referenced @eaPeeDee's Feb. 8 story detailing Buffalo's @MACSports dominance: "The most current measuring stick for Buffalo is the 2002 Kent State NCAA Tournament team" 
Retired West Melbourne pilot receives @USArmy award for courage -- 48 years after perilous emergency landing. In 1970, the engine of his Huey exploded 2,000 feet in the air. @Florida_Today video/photos by @ShorttTimothy 
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Have you ever used a typewriter?

My mother is a retired librarian, and I used to type stacks of replacement cards to replace damaged, worn-out ones in her card catalog.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Hunter S. Thompson, technically speaking.

Why did you become a journalist?

I knew journalism was my future career while stringing articles (for practically free!) for The Suburbanite in Akron, Ohio.