Career details

EDUCATION:

Aug. 1989 – Dec. 1992 Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

  • B.S., Magazine journalism.

  • Graduated cum laude.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

February 2011 – present: Senior Account Executive, Marcus Thomas LLC

April 2009 – present: Contributor, Wired magazine’s GeekDad blog.

August 2009 – February 2011: Writer, Automotive Week (The Greensheet) and Service Executive.

March 2005 – March 2009: Reporter and blogger, Crain’s Cleveland Business, Cleveland, Ohio

At Crain’s, I covered marketing and advertising, regularly working with agencies and their clients on news and feature stories. I took an existing monthly column, Marketing Mix, and turned it into one of Crain’s first local blogs, twice winning top honors in the Press Club of Cleveland’s annual Excellence in Journalism Awards, a statewide competition. Other award-winning online-only content included breaking news, features, and daily coverage of the 2006 American International Toy Fair.

Oct. 2002 – March 2005: Sports reporter and columnist, The Independent, Massillon, Ohio

Though my title was officially “reporter,” the sports department of The Independent was a self-contained part of the newsroom, so editing and layout were a huge part of my job. And nothing sharpens your deadline skills like covering Friday night high school football in Stark County, Ohio. I was honored for my work at The Independent with the Associated Press Society of Ohio’s 2004 Best Sports Writer Division III award.

Aug. 1999 – Sept. 2002: Reporter and columnist, The Tribune-Chronicle, Warren, Ohio

My first full-time writing job saw me move from a city beat to the education desk, where I learned the ups and downs of writing a weekly column. In what I took as a vote of confidence, my editors sent me to Florida to cover a three-day national high school robotics competition.

April 1994 – Aug. 1999: The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida

I started at the Sentinel in composing, when page building still required hot wax and razor blades, then moved into page dummying, which required balancing the needs of advertising and editorial with the capabilities of the pressroom. Eventually I began freelancing features and sports coverage for the paper.

AWARDS:

  • The Press Club of Cleveland’s 2008 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards: First Place – New Media, Blogs; First Place – New Media, General News

  • The Press Club of Cleveland’s 2007 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards: First Place – New Media, Blogs; First Place – New Media, General News; Second Place – New Media, Features

  • 2006 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards: Second Place – Best Media Criticism

  • The Press Club of Cleveland’s 2006 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards: First Place –New Media, Features

  • Associated Press Society of Ohio – Best Sports Writer 2004, Division III

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