High School: Manhattan High School
College and Major: Kansas State University, print journalism
Life Before the Tribune: The Tribune is the only place I've worked since graduating from college in May 2005. During college I wrote for the K-State Collegian newspaper for 2 1/2 years and had a couple of student jobs while in school too such as designing the quarterly newsletter for the Midwest Equity Assistance Center. Although the Midwest Center is based at K-State it provides diversity materials for educators throughout Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. I also worked two years as a cook at the Little Apple Brewing Co. in Manhattan.
Favorite color: Navy blue and orange.
Favorite food: Any meat I personally grilled with a moderate amount of spice or sauce, plus veggies like sweet potatoes or Brussel sprouts.
Favorite (workday) drink:Chocolate milk
If you won the lottery what would you do? I've always wanted to buy the entire Criterion Collection of movies for myself as well as some of the public libraries in cities where I've lived. Having a closet full of perfectly fitting suits would be nice too.
Do you need glasses to read? Not yet.
Your Super power? Good eyesight.
Grrr: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's lack of loyalty to a conference the school had been part of for more than 100 years, just because the football team couldn't beat Texas.
Wish from a Genie: The ability to run a sub-three hour marathon.
Best thing ever: I don't know if it's the best thing ever but HBO's "The Wire" is the best TV show I've ever seen.
Person dead or alive you'd like to interview and why? Movie director Cameron Crowe and fearless freak Wayne Coyne of the Oklahoma City rock band The Flaming Lips. They're both creative, hard working guys and seem like gentlemen.
As regional reporter, pretty much any non-sports story in our coverage area outside of Adams County is my responsibility. I've traveled a lot throughout our 10-county coverage area and I try to write about as many people across Tribland as possible. I met my wife Betsy while reporting on a couple stories in Kearney County. The first time was in February 2008 when astronaut Clayton Anderson visited Royal Plastics Co., in Minden. Betsy was reporter for the Kearney Hub then. We spent two years competing against each other before she began working for the Tribune in June 2011. She's now our government reporter.
Even though I grew up in Kansas my parents and my younger brother and sister now live in Texas. My father is a professor at Texas A&M University. I'm a K-State sports fan, but I don't live and die with the outcome of each Wildcat game.
I've been a runner since November 2006. To commemorate my 30th birthday on July 12, 2012 I decided to run 1,000 miles between Feb 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013.