Breaking news/investigations reporter&gumshoe for OC Register and 2014 Beat Reporter Of The Year Beatles fan BYU alum Fla native Formerly reporter @standardex

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Biography

Currently, a breaking news reporter for the 300,000 circulation Orange County Register..
My successful career has also included stints at newspapers in Utah, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia. I have covered everything from natural disasters, plane crashes, crooked cops, politics, and feature...

What was your first job as a journalist?

Editor/reporter for 1,300 circ Brunswick-Times Gazette in Lawrenceville, Va. Wrote stories, took pictures, and did layout.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

.Yes, at my first job at weekly in rural Va. Copy would be picked up by runner called "the troll" and delivered to main office for printing.

How is social media changing news?

It allows journos to literally spy on the newsrooms of competition, brand their work, allows immediate interaction with readers,

Awards

Awards from N.C., Colo., Utah press associations, the AP, SPJ, and Press Club of Dallas

Beat Reporter of the Year, Orange County Register, 2015; Third Place, -Best News Story, Orange County Press Club (2015)Third Place-Spot News, Utah Press Association (2010), First Place-Best News Story, Utah Press Association (2008),Golden Eyeshade Award - Chosen by editors as the paper's top reporter, Standard-Examiner (2007), First Place- Investigative Reporting, Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters (2005), Katie Award,First Place - Feature Writing (Six State Region), Press Club of Dallas (2004) Service to the First Amendment, Colorado Press Association (2003) First Place -News Feature, Society of Professional Journalists (2000) Third Place - Single Story, Society of Professional Journalists (2000) First Place - Best Sustained Coverage,Colorado Press Association(1999) Third Place - Best Sustained Coverage,Colorado Press Association(1999) Second Place - Best Business Story, Colorado Press Association (1998) O. Henry Award - North Carolina Associated Press News Council (1997) First Place - News Feature Writing,North Carolina Press Association(1997) Third Place-News Feature Writing,North Carolina Press Association(1996) First Place - Spot News Reporting, North Carolina Press Association(1995

Orange County Register Beat Reporter of the Year

2014
Named the top reporter in the newsroom at the Orange County Register, a 285,000 circulation daily in Santa Ana, Calif.