My favorite professor always quoted Guido Stempel: “Good writing is clear thinking made visible.” Like Hemmingway, my professor believed that features should live in a person’s mind, not on the page. I learned from that; I live like that.
Growing up in the small town of Mesick afforded me vast opportunities to fly fish, bird hunt, deer hunt and enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors. After college, I worked as a journalist for Cadillac News before coming on as the editor of Michigan Out-of-Doors and public information officer for Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
My three greatest passions are my bird dogs, fly fishing for brown trout and being in a mid-November marsh with mallards circling.
In addition, some past notables include winning the Michigan Press Association Rookie of the Year award, and I was featured in the Bridge Magazine and Columbia Journalism Review and was part of a nationally-covered audit of Michigan public universities’ spending and handling of sexual assaults.