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

When to use a straight news lede

Sad story today. I was reading The Associated Press’ accounts of a shooting in Maine where five people — including three children between ages 4 and 12 — were found shot to death inside an apartment. The details are sorrowful, but the news is blunt. I wanted to share because I found it to be one … 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