News-Writing and Reporting

Before I got into programming, visualization, data storytelling and civic technology, I was a shoeleather beat news reporter pumping out 7-9 pieces of copy per week. My reporting career started at 17 while working as a summer cops reporter for my hometown newspaper in South Georgia. At 18, I started as a stringer for The Macon Telegraph and became the first ever online editor for my college newspaper, The Mercer Cluster, where I built the publication’s first website and developed a restructured digital workflow. At 20, while studying abroad, I served two terms as the News Editor of The Oxford Student. At 23, following graduate school, I took the helm as Digtial Editor for the Savannah Morning News, and at 25, I joined the team of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the publication’s Senior Programmer for News Graphics.

Here are a smattering of the pieces I produced as a print reporter. To see a more thorough archive, click here.

Breaking (Deadline)

Features (Deadline)

Investigative (Deadline)

Non-deadline enterprise