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Biography

I'm a political reporter who spends half the year in the Missouri Capitol and the other half in Joplin, Mo., for a Southwest Missouri daily newspaper called The Joplin Globe. I shine a spotlight on elected officials, while factchecking to see if their words match up with their actions and if thei...

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@JackSuntrup @stltoday I'm imagining someone rolling up the bill in a tube and rocketing from the House chamber to the Senate side with this headline.
RT @Fahrenthold: The most helpful thing I’ve read so far about preparing for the unthinkable: a North Korean nuke attack.  https://twitter.com/richarddeitsch/status/953474113099763714 
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Interview

How is social media changing news?

You can interact with readers and get a snapshot into their life. It's a story idea and source generator. It's a misinformation machine.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

Editor-in-chief for The Glenbrook South Oracle

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

You can't be good if you quit. If you don't seek to continually learn, you probably should exit now, though.