Hometown Streetsboro, Ohio
Birthday September 27, 1982
Bio I have been interested in writing since the age of 12, and I joined Patch in November 2010 after five years as a general reporter for The Record-Courier. There I covered local government, schools and community issues in Kent, including Kent State University.
I graduated from Kent State with a degree in journalism in 2005. I started as an intern with the courier before landing a full-time reporting job there upon graduation. While working at the daily and tackling all the issues that come with publishing a county-based newspaper, I realized my passion lies in covering the everyday issues that affect a single community.
When not reporting I enjoy swimming, riding ATVs, camping and spending time with friends and family.
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"That government is best which governs least."
-Henry David Thoreau
I grew up Catholic and although I no longer practice, I'm thankful for being exposed to a church and the sense of community it brings. I'm accepting of all religions, and I enjoy exploring how different people view spirituality.
Local Hot-Button Issues
Finances and government-led development are current hot button issues in Kent as the city, Kent State University, Kent City Schools and PARTA work together to redevelop a major portion of downtown. The projects would not have been possible without a $20 million federal grant, a $3 million-plus investment by Kent State and the schools agreeing to a TIF that allows the city to borrow money to help fund construction. An on-going issue involves permanent residents as they work to maintain quiet neighborhoods while Kent State enrollment grows and student housing continues to infiltrate what were single-family neighborhoods around campus.