During my tenure at The Daily Mining Gazette from 2001-04, I wrote more than a thousand stories covering a range of fields including city hall, schools, higher education, cops, courts, the Census and more.

The stories ranged from breaking news coverage and in-depth news stories to reporting on events at meetings and personality profiles.

Here is a selection of my work:

The award winners

During my professional career, my writing has been honored with a number of awards. A listing of the award-winning stories can be found here.


High-wire writing

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


Local pasty to be Arnold’s humble pie

When California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dug into his piece of humble pie after the Detroit Pistons' dominating victory over the L.A. Lakers, he bit into a Copper Country pasty. More


Breaking News: The end of a presidency

Curt Tompkins, the longtime president of Michigan Tech University, announced that he would leave the university in March 2004. However, the governing Board of Control decided later that month to terminate his contract immediately.

Here is how I covered the board's decision on deadline for the Gazette.


From the archives
My first foray into journalism began in 1996 at UC San Diego. I went into The UCSD Guardian and asked what I could do. I started out as a news designer before working up to co-news editor. During my time as editor, I wrote about a story a week.

I put about one quarter's worth of stories and all my paper commentaries online in an older version of my Web site. It's presented in its originally format, although expired Web links have been removed.

The site design was modified from the newspaper's 1997-98 Web site design as implemented by Walt Dickinson.

To see a blast from the past, click here.


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