Hbad neighbors. Or, since March Madness is around the corner, hello friends, as announcer Jim Nantz would say.
I mean figuratively and literally. I grew up next door in St. Clair Shores, attended St. Germaine Catholic School, then graduated from Lakeview High School. As the new staff reporter for Grosse Pointe News, I was assigned to cover Grosse Pointe Shores and the nearby Nautical Mile.
I grew up a sports freak and in addition to playing basketball at Lakeview, I was a sports editor for the school newspaper. I read the sports section of the Detroit News verbatim every day, so when it came time to make a career choice, I figured why not be a sportswriter. These guys got paid to cover games and eat free hot dogs in the press box – what a life!
So he went to Michigan to get a degree in journalism, then up north to be a reporter for the Midland Daily News. I started out covering sports, then moved into news, covering county government and police/fire.
After 10 years, I ended up working in government for the state senator from Midland. I won’t name any names, but let’s just say he ran for governor in 2018. The funny thing is, everyone who works for a politician thinks they can be one too, so I served one term on the Midland County Board of Commissioners. . I think it made me a better journalist, having a more intimate knowledge of the functioning of the municipal administration.
I spent the next decade working in communications at the Mackinac Center, a free market public policy think tank in Midland, before family circumstances led me to Georgia. When I left the Midland newspaper, I never expected to find myself in journalism, but as the saying goes, never say never.
I hooked up with a small weekly, similar to this paper, in quaint Richmond Hill outside of Savannah. It was a good three years without snow, but I battled through a nasty tropical storm and two hurricanes to provide online coverage for all sensible people who had evacuated.
In 2018, I was back in Michigan for personal and professional reasons and spent time in communications at Ford supporting the company’s efforts during the 2019 UAW negotiations.
The past two years have been filled with freelance writing as the pandemic has put a damper on the economy, but when I saw this job posting, I had to go. Journalism was and still is my first love.
On a personal note, I’m the proud father of two wonderful children – a daughter who has just been appointed a lawyer in Traverse City and a son who is pursuing an apprenticeship to become an electrician. I love Mexican food, “Better Call Saul” and classic rock and hate the Oxford comma.
I look forward to meeting more neighbors in the coming months and if you have any tips or story ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me.