High-wire writing

Over the years, I've written stories that have been featured on the Michigan wire of The Associated Press numerous times. Thanks to the AP, stories with my byline have run in many Michigan and Wisconsin newspapers such as the Detroit Free Press, The Flint Journal, the Lansing State Journal and the Menominee EagleHerald, among others.

Most often, my stories were excerpted for a daily "Upper Peninsula Briefs" segment, but four of my bylined feature stories were posted on the Michigan AP's member exchange. Here's a listing of my significant stories that have run on the wire:

Ontonagon phone company marks 125th anniversary

This September 30, 2002 story marked the anniversary of one of the oldest phone companies in Michigan. I also shot the art for this story. The story (and photo) ran in The Detroit News.

Weather observer keeps an eye on snow in U.P.

This December 17, 2001 story looking at efforts to track snowfall in the Upper Peninsula was one of my most popular. The story ran in the Lansing State Journal, Petoskey News-Review, The Daily Press of Escanaba, the Traverse City Record-Eagle, The Muskegon Chronicle, The Daily Telegram of Adrian and EagleHerald of Marinette, Wis. and Menominee, Mich.

County police agencies get leg up with canine cops

My first major story on the state AP, this story -- co-written with Dan Roblee -- details local law-enforcement agencies utilizing dogs for police work. Roblee wrote most of the piece, and I did some follow-up and some addition. The story ran on April 16, 2001, and was published in the Detroit News.

Michigan Tech among nerdiest colleges, book says

A short, non-bylined story looking at a college-guidance book rating the local university as among the "nerdiest." The July 2, 2002 story ran on the front page of the July 12, 2002 edition of The Flint Journal.

Old friends open up new computer service center

Running on October 29, 2001, this story features two lifelong friends going into business together. I also took the photo for the story. I never received tearsheets from this story, but the friends commented to me that their downstate relatives saw the story in their local paper.

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