A crime reporter’s year in review

Note: This was a post I first published for my Gross on Patrol crime blog at GoUpstate.com. So long, 2014. Another year has come to a close, marking my first full year as the Herald-Journal’s crime and public safety reporter. My days here have flown by. I can’t tell you how easy it is to forget all that I’ve … Continue reading

A look back at fire deaths

Fire fatalities burned an eye-opening statistic into Spartanburg County last year. As we enter 2015, a look back at 2014 reveals that the county significantly led the state with the highest number of people killed in fires. Fourteen people died in fires in 2014. There were just two in 2013 and another two in 2012. Not … Continue reading

‘Gross on Patrol’ crime blog offers more detail

A space to provide expanded coverage of breaking news and crime-related articles is now up and running. I’ve created a “Gross on Patrol” blog through GoUpstate.com. The crime blog is an extension of my reporter’s notebooks. As you know, a short article in a daily newspaper might not always leave the reader satisfied. My hope … Continue reading

Mentoring a summer intern

For the next couple of months, I have the pleasure of serving as a mentor for one of our summer interns at the Herald-Journal. Andrew Moore is a junior print journalism student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. I have a cumbersome checklist for him to tackle while he is with us and the internship … Continue reading

Latest awards from MDDC Press Association

I’ve been in South Carolina now for about five months. I left The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md. to join the ranks at the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, S.C. and I couldn’t be happier here. That said, I am pleased to feel as if I made a true impact at my last newspaper. I learned Friday that … Continue reading

Fighting crime with… iPads?

This week I’ve had a number of conversations with officers in the Spartanburg Police Department about the possibility of having the department use iPads or similar tablet devices. For years now, each patrol cruiser has been stocked with what’s called a Toughbook. They’re heavy, durable laptops and can’t be taken out of the cruisers. They … Continue reading