Assistant Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2017
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M.F.A. Murray State University

B.S.  Ohio University 

Working for a national wire service out of Washington, D.C., during the 2000 election got me hooked on political journalism, which ultimately drew me to Kentucky. I spent seven years at the Lexington Herald-Leader chasing down candidates and officials while also digging through their records 

Then in 2010, I moved to television and helped launch a nightly political program on the state’s dominant cable network, cn|2. In addition to reporting for, writing and anchoring the show, I oversaw its online coverage for four years. Along the way, I have reported all manner of stories – breaking news, investigative projects, feature stories, profiles, as well as a weekly political analysis column. And I covered the 2013 NCAA basketball championship in Atlanta. I remain a practicing journalist as the co-founder and an editor of The Harrisonburg Citizen, an independent online news site covering local issues, politics and trends. 

Before coming to JMU, I taught journalism and advised the student newspaper at Murray State University. And while I thoroughly enjoy teaching, I consider myself above all else a perpetual student. It’s why I went into journalism in the first place – to observe, to learn, to analyze, and then tell stories about it.

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