I was born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but when I was 3, my family moved from Lawrence to southwest Kansas. I grew up in Liberal, and in 2000, I started at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where I earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2004.
The first person I ever interviewed was Darin Headrick, my middle school principal when I was in sixth grade. He’s now the superintendent of Greensburg schools leading a rebuilding effort amid the devastating 2007 tornado.
Aside from my West Middle School newspaper class, I picked up my interest in journalism as a summer intern reporter at the Southwest Daily Times in Liberal. My editors joked about their method to teach me fairness and objectivity. I covered the school board while my dad started serving his first term.
After I graduated from Knox, I worked for one year as a reporter in Liberal until I returned to Lawrence to attend journalism graduate school at Kansas University. That July of 2005, I also began working as a part-time reporter at the Journal-World.
In June 2007, I started work at The World Company full-time, and I have mostly worked as a general assignment reporter, meaning two things: I get to either cover whatever I want or whatever my editors tell me to for our Web site, the newspaper and 6News.
In my spare time, I follow KU sports teams, try to tackle my reading list, and watch way too much football. I refuse to give up on the Kansas City Chiefs.
You can also follow me on Twitter, where I try to provide updates on court proceedings, political speeches and news.
Douglas County prosecutors Thursday dismissed a DUI charge against former Kansas University and NFL football player Elvis Patterson related to a June 4, 2011, traffic stop east of Lawrence.
A Kansas University basketball player has entered into a diversion agreement with Douglas County prosecutors over a minor in possession of alcohol citation, according to court records.
Former Kansas University and current NBA basketball player Marcus Morris has entered into a diversion agreement with prosecutors related to a February incident at a Lawrence nightclub.
Two Kansas University football players are accused of getting into a fight with employees at the The Hawk, 1340 Ohio, and running from officers early Saturday, a Lawrence police spokesman said.
A former Kansas Athletics Inc. consultant convicted for his role in the Kansas University ticket scandal is asking a judge to shave a year off his 46-month federal prison sentence, according to court records.
If thousands flood downtown Lawrence again Monday night to celebrate a national championship, Lawrence police say law enforcement’s response will be similar to Saturday night.
In your strategic planning for a parking space downtown in the event of a major celebration after Kansas University’s Final Four game Saturday, you can eliminate the top level of the New Hampshire Street parking garage.
A Douglas County prosecutor in court Friday denied that an Alcoholic Beverage Control officer used someone undercover the night he wrote Kansas University basketball player Ben McLemore a citation for minor in possession of alcohol.
An attorney for a Kansas University basketball player who is fighting a minor in possession of alcohol citation has mentioned an entrapment defense.
Former Kansas University and current NBA player Marcus Morris received a misdemeanor battery citation early Sunday related to an alleged fight at a Lawrence night club, Supervising City Prosecutor Jerry Little said Monday afternoon.