I’m obsessed with journalism, business, technology, sports and my family — not necessarily in that order.
By day, I’m a communications consultant at Gallatin Public Affairs in Portland where I work on issues that matter to people in the Northwest. By weekend, I coach youth sports, flip pancakes and take orders from an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old. Here’s where I’ve been.
Business Oregon: At the State of Oregon’s economic development agency, I worked with the agency’s executive team to support the Governor’s statewide economic strategies before the Oregon Legislature and with partners throughout the state.
Las Vegas Sun: I worked as the paper’s senior editor for politics in 2014. Our team covered the the shooting death of two police officers, the taxi industry’s battle with Uber, the collapse of the state’s health care exchange, the coronation of Nevada’s popular governor and Republican wave that swept through Nevada and washed away Harry Reid’s Senate majority.
Emerald Media Group: I worked with our students, board and clients to rebuild our traditional college newspaper into a modern college media company. Here’s why. We learned a lot in the process and some nice people said some nice things about our students’ work: Steve Buttry, Ken Doctor, Mathew Ingram, Dan Reimold. I and my co-workers blogged about the journalism, business and technology behind the Emerald’s changes at The Garage. I advised some college media organizations on digital journalism, newsroom structure, disruptive innovation and business models.
The Oregonian: In 2000, I started out covering suburban crime, the safe place to stick a rookie 22-year-old reporter. I went on to cover Portland City Hall, then real estate. I wrote about a civic leader whose company made high-risk home loans to low-income borrowers, traced the national housing crisis to one cul-de-sac flooded with foreclosures, documented the city’s broken promises to build affordable housing in a riverfront urban-renewal project and explained how wireless phone signals had blocked police radios across the country.
Society of Professional Journalists: I served as president of the SPJ Oregon chapter and the state’s Sunshine Chair. In 2006, I worked with The Associated Press to lead a public records audit across Oregon’s 36 counties.
Before that: I’m an Oregon native, proud South Salem Saxon and a University of Oregon journalism school graduate.