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Position: Transportation Reporter, WCPO.com | WCPO Insider
When did you start working here? February 2015
Where else have you worked? Fort Thomas Matters, River City News
Where did you go to college? Miami University (BA), Indiana University (MA)
What are you most proud of when it comes to your work? I’m proud to be part of a news team that delivers critical information to our readers both quickly and accurately, using the newest digital tools to do it. I'm even more proud to contribute to the growing conversation around alternative modes of transportation in what is a highly car-reliant region.
What are you most proud of in your own life? I’m proud to have seen a Master’s degree through to its finish, and also that I’ve been able to adopt and sustain a low-car lifestyle. I’ve commuted primarily by foot, bike and bus since 2008. I lived totally car-free for four of those years.
What do you love about living in the Tri-State? I’d say what I love most about living here now is that I’m living here now, during a renaissance like neither side of the river has seen in generations, one that’s seen the region building up its bones with new infrastructure (including a new bike share program and streetcar system, to name just two) and enriching its soul with a revitalized sense of community.
What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions? I live and breathe Covington, Ky., and spend most of my off-hours in Mainstrasse Village, both to unwind and to hang my hat. Whether it’s grabbing a burger at Zola Pub & Grill (if you haven’t yet, stop reading this and go…), throwing a frisbee at Goebel or Devou parks, cheering on the Reds at the Village Pub, or enjoying the patio at Gypsys, it’s home.
BONUS: We just got our own brewery .
All-time favorites? Finally, the important stuff...
Books: Catch 22, Catcher in the Rye, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead consistently hold, yet fight over, the top four spots.
Music: I can’t list everything here, obviously, but anything Justin Vernon touches (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches), I’ll listen to — probably over and over again. Same goes for Fleet Foxes, Guster, and Radiohead. So many others…
TV: I'm a binge viewer: I’ve watched through Lost seven times (and counting), and will also watch and re-watch any episode of Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty, Dr. Who, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Broad City, The Newsroom, The Venture Brothers, Community, Battlestar Galactica, and Archer. I wore black the day Jon Stewart announced he was retiring from The Daily Show.
Movies: I don't watch too many movies (I'm more of a TV guy), but I find Wes Anderson's work absolutely captivating.
Apps you can’t live without? Twitter, Facebook, Alien Blue, WCPO App, Bus Detective