Without words, there are no ideas.
Below, you can find just a few writing samples, selected to demonstrate a wide range of content and style.
News, advertising, arts, editorial and lifestyle writing are all represented here.
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Local Government / Policy Editorials
Day Full of Haymaker
A dramatic Facebook post, a failed court injunction, and and a contentious 4-hour council meeting.
No, WV Firearm Fatalities Did Not Climb Last Year
Last year, West Virginia adopted “constitutional carry” legislation. In late October, The Herald-Register and The Daily Athenaeum published an (identical) article asserting that this led to a "staggering" increase in firearm fatalities.
"One Year After Shooting, Monongalia Sheriffs Get Body Cameras" — Author, 2017
Ten Monongalia Sheriffs raid a Morgantown home, killing the grandson of a WVU Hall of Fame coach. None of the deputies are wearing the department's body cameras. One year later, things are about to change.
Photo Essay Profiles
Brewing Community: The Obsessions of Kristina Szczyrbak
"'My work is suffering. My family is suffering. Why am I doing this?' Even as I’m saying those things out loud, in the back of my mind I’m like, ‘Oh, you’re definitely doing this again.’ I don’t think I can stop doing it.”
Midnight Rider: The Many Faces of Ben Kolb
"Ben Kolb is helping me tear the feet off a coyote corpse."
Not Losing Everything: Jillian Kelly Makes Moves for Art
"I’ve always felt like I’m two completely different people."
Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, Writer, 2017 — Present
"Like Being a Treasure Hunter"
A search for rare orchids leads to the identification of a new species for three passionate Appalachians.
Glenn Jones: 5th-Stage Hunter
West Virginia’s long history with white lightning: moonshine
Morgantown Magazine, Writer / Photographer, 2017 — Present
A pediatrician finds ways to serve three of the things he loves most: children, Morgantown, and West Virginia
A Better Place to Put In
Two hard-working volunteers create the final park along the Morgantown water trail.
"I wanted to be the first person to have a poke shop in the state of West Virginia."
Zackquill, Writer / Photographer, 2016—2017
“I feel like you can spend the first part of your life afraid to fail, then spend the second part of your life regretting you never tried."
Black Bear owners Jason Coffman and Matt Showalter opened the restaurant for the wrong reason. At least, that’s what they tell me.
The Noise, News Writer, 2014—2016
"Corporations Commission: Solar Protocol, Dark Money and a Shifty Utility"
An exposé on the "dark money" being paid to candidates in the 2014 race for Arizona's Corporations Commission, and how it might affect the future of solar energy and campaign contributions in the state
"Wild, Wild Horses: The Race to Protect a Beloved Arizona Herd"
A wild horse conservation group is stunned when the Forest Services announces the slaughter of their resident herd. Community outcry may save the lives of this small band, but a looming crisis may mean the deaths of thousands more.
Fibonacci Fine Arts Digest, Writer / Photographer, 2015
"One Film at a Time: Director Patrick Schweiss Transforms the Sedona Film Festival"
Profile article on the director of the Sedona Film Festival and his success in turning the festival around artistically and financially
Arizona Highways Photo Workshops, Writer / Photographer, 2015
"Canadian Rockies Promo"
After writing this ad copy, I served as a trip leader, simultaneously taking care of clients and producing promotional photography / videography of the experience.
Quail Bell Magazine, Writer / Photographer, 2013—2014
"Confederacy Torn: A Modern War of Ancestral Symbols"
A full two years before the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse, I wrote this article about my own experience with the hated symbol. I place the story in the context of a "battle of the flags" that occurred in Richmond, arguing that the meanings of symbols are not simple, universal or permanent.
"The Forgetting Ground: An Abandoned Relic Reveals a Vanished Cemetery"
“Robbie Yeager, the young woman whose dedication once captured the heart of Richmond, lies with an unknown number of others beneath a junk lot in the forgotten cemetery behind John Marshall High.”
Advocacy / Editorial
"Historic Brewing Anniversary Signals Flagstaff Trend Shifts" —Author / Photographer, 2014
Food / Lifestyle piece about a partnership between a brewer and butchery that signaled important trend shifts in Northern Arizona.
"Why Not Renew the Assault Weapons Ban?" — Author, 2012
Lengthy editorial on the gun control debate that went viral and received more than half a million views.