I am a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s in English Writing and minors in journalism and art and design with a concentration in photography. I currently work for the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn., as a night general assignments reporter.
My previous job was at the Lake County News-Chronicle, a community newspaper in Two Harbors, Minn., as the editor. The News-Chronicle is a weekly newspaper that covers all of Lake County. I wrote stories of all kinds for the paper as well as handled the day to day operations of the newspaper.
Before moving to Minnesota I lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and worked at The Mining Journal, a daily community newspaper in Marquette, Mich., as the photo editor and senior photographer. What that means is I was in charge of handling anything photography wise including managing another photographer and toning photos for print and web. I photographed many different youth, high school and college sports on a regular basis as well as any news or feature events when needed. I also wrote a bi-weekly column and the youth section front page story for Sunday’s paper every week.
Before I was hired as the photo editor in May 2013, I was the Ishpeming Bureau reporter (hired Sept. 2012) and before that the part-time photographer (hired March 2011) for a year and a half, all at The Mining Journal. My duties as the part-time photographer were similar to what I did as the photo editor. I shot mostly sports, but did shoot news events and feature events. While I was a part-time photographer I wrote articles on occasion and wrote my bi-weekly column. I toned photographs for the paper and did cutouts for the front page and the sports front page.
My last year of school I was the news editor for NMU’s student newspaper The North Wind. Because it’s a student job I had to step down when I graduated. The North Wind is where I started my journalism career.
I learned a lot about journalism from working at The North Wind and even more from working at The Mining Journal. I have found my passion with photojournalism and sports photography through these outlets.