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

Reporting through 80 pounds of protection

I’l admit, strapping on the bomb suit put me in a Hollywoodesque mindset.I imagined I was starring in the Oscar-nominated The Hurt Locker as I approached the scene of a controlled explosive to ensure the blast detonated. Strips and pieces of cardboard were everywhere. A small blast mark had imprinted in the parking lot space. All clear. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office … 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

Recent clips: Ethiopian adoption, credit card fraud and school safety

I meet interesting people everyday. Every so often I find a reason to write about them. Sometimes a person’s story can be just that — a heart-throbbing personal life tale about a situation or circumstance while others’ stories can be the magnifying glass to a broad issue with serious implications. I thought I’d share a … Continue reading

Cops beat: As the dust settles

I’m now six days into my new job here and today I had my first A1 story published in the Frederick News-Post. It was regarding something I was thrown into when I came into the office. I sat my MacBook down only to be called out to the residence of a Frederick man who was … Continue reading

A newfound free moment to break up the day

As you may have noticed, either through my new “about” page or change in tweets, I’ve started the next chapter in my journalism career – life as a Night Cops Reporter for the Frederick News-Post. There are many differences from my previous post at The Gazette and my role here, but one quick one I’ll … Continue reading

It’s difficult making time to reminisce, recollect

Never a dull moment   Judging by the time stamps on these posts, I’ve taken a hiatus from the blog. My sincere apologies. As a cops reporter, it becomes very easy to get lost in the day-to-day muck of police briefs, research, court docs and crime-scene perusing. These past few weeks have been nothing short of a … Continue reading

Why the crime beat?

Now a college graduate, I am feverishly applying to jobs around the region and have been since this past winter. I am a multimedia journalist and will take on virtually any beat as long as it means investigative, enterprising, spot news, and multimedia storytelling. But if I would be so fortunate to be given the choice, I … Continue reading