Update: Work for ABC News, new book in April 2023, and second book in progress!
This year has flown by! My lack of updates indicate how busy a year this truly has been. The most gratifying story I've worked on to date for ABC News is the capture, and eventual release, of two Alabama men who were [...]
Now that 2021 is winding to an end, I can’t imagine many people are holding vigils for its demise. The year was tough. For news people hardly got a break. I wrote about the first half of the year below. The second [...]
Into 2021 and a Book Title and Date!
Even though 2021 has almost hit its six-month birthday, it feels like a new year has begun. The vaccinations are largely opening up the U.S. and, as such, it is beginning to feel like a proper summer. Sadly, this year is not [...]
The Summer of Protests
The summer came and went for most journalists since the majority of time was spent covering action on the streets. Since the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man by Minneapolis police, Chicago was rocked by a wave of looting and then [...]
Covering COVID-19 and John Prine
Don't think a pandemic that originated in China and one of this country's most beloved songwriters are connected? Sadly, they are. Earlier this year I was sent to O'Hare International Airport to cover the COVID-19 virus as it related to air travel [...]
Starting 2020 Looking Back
Hello 2020! In 2019 I started writing for National Geographic Traveler. My first piece looks at former industrial sites across the Midwest that have been repurposed for retail, condominiums, art studios, and more. From gritty to pretty? That pretty much sums it [...]
Lightfoot is Chicago’s 56th Mayor, Pete Buttigieg is running, and TAKE ME opens at Strawdog Theatre!
Spring is here — sort of. Despite the on/off weather in Chicago, one big change is underfoot: We have a new mayor. Lori Lightfoot, a reform candidate who quietly kicked off her campaign 12 months ago, will be sworn in as Chicago's [...]
2019: A mayoral race in Chicago, a look at Muslim athletes in Milwaukee, the Lincoln Yards controversy, and an investigation into a beloved Chicago music institution
We are only three months into 2019 and it's already been a busy year! For the Washington Post, I made a few trips to Milwaukee to spend time with the young women of Salam School. They're breaking cultural barriers as athletes not [...]
Another police shooting, Rahm resigns, and Van Dyke guilty — End to a hot summer in Chicago
Summer 2018 was a difficult one for Chicago. The city was already dealing with the usual spikes in gun violence, but it also was creeping toward the start of the Jason Van Dyke trial. He is the Chicago Police Officer who fatally shot [...]
A Sept. 11 story for the Washington Post takes me to downstate Illinois
That's right. There's a connection between central Illinois and Somerset County, Pa., where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, killing everyone on board. Since that tragic day, the National Parks Service has been slowly building a memorial park designed to honor all [...]