Managing Editor/Producer, NewsChannel 21 at Five
I'm going to be honest here - there's a 60-40 chance I'm a journalist today solely because when I was a kid I thought a press pass was like a police badge used for fun stuff.
Three nights a week, my mom and I would meet my dad at Rosenblatt Stadium to watch the Omaha Royals play baseball. And every one of those nights, about the seventh inning, my dad and I would go to the press box door, he'd flash that pass of his and we'd head on upstairs. There was free soda and more foul balls on the roof than I could carry home with me.
That, to me, was being a journalist.
Soon, I realized it was more than that. I watched my dad interview politicians, sports stars and more as a reporter for The Omaha-World Herald and I read how he put words together to make great stories.
I wanted to do that.
I won a young author's contest in fourth grade and started writing for my high school newspaper as a freshman.
Still thinking I had a career as a Major League Baseball pitcher ahead of me, I considered two small-town baseball scholarships before deciding to study journalism at the University of Nebraska.
I worked for the student paper covering murder trials, the state Legislature and sports. I was even inside the State Pen the last two times they executed someone by electric chair. I had summer interns in small-town Nebraska and in small-town Arkansas and won a national writing award along the way.
After college, I covered education - including the Columbine shootings - for the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado. I moved to Bend in 2000 to cover education for The Bulletin, picking up writing awards at both stops.
I tried my hand as a golf professional for a few years, giving lessons here in town at Widgi Creek, but deep down, I was always a journalist. Always a writer.
NewsChannel 21 took a chance on hiring a newspaper guy in February 2010 and I reported on air for a while. I moved on to become the 6 p.m. news producer before moving up again to where I'm at now: managing editor and 5 p.m. producer.
Me being behind the scenes is better for everyone - trust me.
I have a young son, a beautiful wife and the best dog in the world.
I love being part of Bend and helping to tell the stories of the people and events that make this place so amazing.
(Oh, and I really love having a press pass.)
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.