Hometown: Sycamore, IL
Birthday: May 29
Bio Prior to joining the Patch team, I wrote freelance copy for businesses and articles for the Sun Times Media in the western suburbs. My journalism career started, in of all places, at engineering school. In 2000, I began studying Mechanical Engineering at Northern Illinois University. Several long years later, I was hired on during the summer term at the Northern Star, the student paper at NIU. I eventually worked for papers in Kane and McHenry counties.
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I'm not registered with any political party and likely won't ever join one. My desire to remain independent is both a personal choice and reflective of my pursuit of professional objectivity. I have helped (proudly) with the local campaigns of my more politically-active family members. Being a writer, I'm a strong advocate for First Amendment rights. And I would definitely say I favor a small government, rather than a large, obtrusive one. I will say that my personal politics lean more to the left.
I find religion fascinating and actively seek out stories about peoples' beliefs. Growing up, I was baptised, attended Sunday School and was confirmed in a Lutheran church. Since then, I've tried to learn as much as I can about the various religious beliefs. I tend to keep my personal beliefs out of my work but I'm more than willing to discuss religion with anyone who asks.