I’ve wanted to be a journalist ever since the newspaper unit in Mrs. Dodson’s sixth-grade reading class. I was assigned to write a news-style version of a scene from Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild.” I wrote it up on my typewriter and I was hooked.
Many years later, I’m the Baltimore County government beat reporter for The Baltimore Sun. I also sometimes cover cops, breaking news, state politics, federal workplace issues and whatever else needs covering.
I’ve previously worked at The Capital and Maryland Gazette newspapers in Annapolis, The Daily Times in Salisbury, Gannett News Service in the Washington area and The Diamondback student newspaper at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Each day I try to live up to this statement I heard the late Katharine Graham say during an event I covered in College Park:
“Newspapers give people the information they need to make our democracy work.”